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Take the Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities
November 1, 2013
Source: Rehabilitation Enginerring Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC)
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is asking for individuals to take its online survey on emergency communications. The survey questions address emergency services, public alerts and warnings, and social media use during emergencies. You will be asked to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.
The Wireless RERC has conducted this survey before, however because technology is changing so rapidly and new government rules are being implemented. The data will be of great interest to regulatory authorities and other professionals working to improve emergency response and disaster relief for people with disabilities.
New to this version of the survey is the inclusion of a question for the respondent to identify if he/she is a caregiver. In this way, the RERC hopes to collect data on the caregiver experience as it relates to emergency communications technologies and behaviors, as well as the experiences of individuals with disabilities.
More about the Wireless RERC:
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education. Their mission is to research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs, enhance independence, and improve quality of life and community participation of people with disabilities.
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