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Please correct your calendars!
The notice below erroneously indicated that February 18th is a Wednesday.  Actually, it is a Tuesday.  We hope to see you there!

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Consumer and Governmental Affairs issued a Public Notice announcing a workshop on research initiatives on IP-based relay technologies.  The workshop will be held at the FCC’s headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554 on Wednesday, February 18, 2014 from 9:30 to 12:30.    The FCC and the National Institute on Aging will host the workshop, which is the first in a series of workshops to gather and incorporate stakeholder input on the types of research that are needed to improve the functional equivalency and efficiency of TRS.

Links to the Public Notice:




Additional details will be released closer to the event date.

For further information, contact Roger Goldblatt, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau,
at (202) 418-1035 (voice) or e-mail

Help Research by Taking a Survey on Emergency Communications

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is asking for individuals to take its new online survey on emergency communications. The survey questions address emergency services, public alerts and warnings, and social media use during emergencies.

The Wireless RERC conducted this survey once before, almost two years ago. Because technology is changing so rapidly and new government rules are being implemented, RERC think it's the right time to conduct the survey again. 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.

Take the Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities

Wireless RERC announcement regarding the 2012 Survey on Emergency Communications and People 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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