An article in today’s Washington Post discusses bills to make smart phones and other mobile devices accessible to people with sensory disabilities. NIDRR currently funds several projects to investigate technologies to make wireless technology accessible to people with sensory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (http://www.wirelessrerc.org) is just one. Interested in more? See:
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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies.
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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Successful Aging with Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (OPTT-RERC).
Los Angeles, CA.
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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunications Access.
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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation.
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Captioning Solutions for Handheld Media and Mobile Devices Development.
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Wireless Wrist Device to Alert the Deaf of Sounds and Events in Their Environment.
Maple Grove, MN.
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Hearing Companion: Handheld Portable Sound Identification and Critical Alerting Functionality for People Who Are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss.
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Connectivity to Modern Electronics for the Hearing Disabled.
Maple Grove, MN.
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Signing Science Pictionary for Young Learners Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
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ADL Access: A Cognitively Accessible Software Application for Augmented Self-Management of Activities of Daily Living.
And here’s a REHABDATA search for wireless communications or mobile or cell phones: http://www.naric.com/research/rehab/results.cfm?search=2&type=advanced&all=&exact=&any=&omit=&fld1=Abstract&txt1=wireless%20communication&op1=OR&fld2=Abstract&txt2=mobile%20phone&op2=OR&fld3=Abstract&txt3=cell%20phone&op3=AND&fld4=Title&txt4=&dte1=&dte2=&available=0&online=0