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2013 SUNspot (Number 01)-Wireless Device Use by People with Disabilities

This SUNspot addresses the following questions related to use and usability of wireless technology by people with all types of disabilities:

  • The rate of ownership of wireless devices such as cellphones, smartphones and tablets by people with any type of disability
  • The types of devices that people with disabilities own

Wireless RERC Comments on Test of National EAS System

03.22.2012 – The Wireless RERC filed ex parte comments with the FCC regarding the national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) conducted on November 9, 2011. The comments were submitted in the form of the Wireless RERC’s Report on the National EAS Test On-line Survey and Focus Group Findings. From November 2, 2011 through November 18, 2011, the Wireless RERC conducted two surveys, one prior to the November 9th national EAS test and the other following the test. Four hundred...

SUNspot 8 - Preferences for Text-based Messaging and Mobile Internet, 2011.08.04

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on the consumer preferences for text-based messaging and mobile internet by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 7 - Device Customization and Apps, 2011-07-18

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on customization of wireless devices and use of software applications ("apps") by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 6 - People with Disabilities, Income, and Wireless Access - 2011.03.30

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on the the impact of household income on wireless technology use by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 3 - Wireless Users with Disabilities in Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities, 10.31.2010

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on possible differences between people with disabilities who reside in urban, suburban and rural communities.

 

SUNspot 2 - Preliminary Data Analysis for People with Visual Impairment, 2010.09.17

This SUNspot addresses the following questions related to people with visual impairment. 1) Among people with blindness or low vision, how many have mobile wireless phones? 2) How many are satisfied with the phone they have and their wireless service? 3) How many use assistive technologies or third party software with their phones?

SUNspot 1 - About Wireless Users with Disabilities, 2010.08.10

This is the inaugural SUNspot, a series of short reports that provide preliminary analysis of responses from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot provides a view of the use patterns and usability of wireless technology by people with all types of disability.

Emergency Communications Survey-Full Report - June 2011

A summary of the findings from the Wireless RERC's survey on emergency communications and people with disabilities conducted November 2010-January 2011. The survey focused on 3 aspects of emergency communications: 1) contacting 9-1-1 emergency services, 2) receiving, verifying, and passing on public alerts such as weather advisories, 3) use of social media during public emergencies.

Wireless Emergency Communications: Summary of Initial Findings, October 2006 - September 2009

This report summarizes the efforts of the Wireless Emergency Communications (WEC) project team in developing and testing the transmission and usability of public emergency alerting via text messaging and cell-phone transmission of video. The team's work revealed a clear benefit of text-messaging and video alerts transmitted from cell towers in affected areas.

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