The Georgia Institute of Technology in partnership with Georgia State University, the University of Texas, Arlington, the Shepherd Center and other stakeholders has established an RERC for Wireless Inclusive Technologies.
The mission of the RERC for Wireless Inclusive Technologies is to integrate emerging wirelessly connected devices, sensors and services with established wireless technologies for a transformative future where individuals with disabilities achieve independence, improved quality of life, and enhanced community participation. Through an agenda of research, development, training and outreach activities, successful innovations will connect, engage, and accelerate access to a dynamic inclusive wireless ecosystem.
Objectives are: (1) to create and promote inclusive wireless technologies that improve the ability of individuals with disabilities to independently perform activities of their choice now, and in a fully engaged and all-inclusive future; and (2) work with industry, government, and disability stakeholders to raise awareness and champion adoption of accessible solutions for wirelessly connected technologies.
Anticipated outcomes include: (1) Consumers with disabilities will directly inform the development of wireless devices and services. (2) An increase in social connectedness of individuals with disabilities (including those with intellectual and development disabilities) across varied environments. (3) Incorporation of universal design elements to inform cultural and social design of current and future wirelessly connected devices and sensors. (4) The adoption of regulatory policies that increase accessible emergency alerts over multiple platforms.
The expected products include consumers with disabilities in product development, adoption of inclusive wireless products in wearables, apps, auditory devices; publications; knowledge translation; technology transfer; and outreach to stakeholders.
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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number 90RE5007-01-00. The opinions contained in this website are those of the Wireless RERC and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or NIDILRR.