Activities & Events
CACP produces and hosts events in Atlanta, as well as traveling nationally and internationally to present the research outputs of the faculty and staff.
Helena Mitchell appointed to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission
Helena Mitchell has been appointed to serve on a newly formed committee of the Federal Communications Commission. The Disability Advisory Committee provided advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. To view announcement and other members of the committee, click here.
Salimah LaForce attended the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
Salimah LaForce attended the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, San Diego, CA, March 4, 2015. For more information, click here.
Wireless RERC Papers Included in CSUN 2014 Best Papers Selection
"Congratulations to the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) and the RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access! Their presentations at the 29th International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, or CSUN 2014, were selected among the best papers to appear in the latest issue of the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities!" CSUN 2014 Best Papers
Three papers from the Wireless RERC were selected:
1.Hearing Aid Compatibility of Cellphones: Results from a National Survey View here , John Morris, James L. Mueller, Michael L. Jones, page 13
2.Wireless Technology Uses and Activities by People with Disabilities View here , John Morris, James L. Mueller, Michael L. Jones, page 29
3.Futures of Disabilities: Is Technology Failing Us? View here , James White, Salimah LaForce, Braeden Benson, page 119
One paper from the RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access was also selected:
1.Computerized Decision Support for People with Disabilities: Review and Outlook View here ,Yao Ding, Gregg C. Vanderheiden, page 134
These and all of the article from this issue are available free in full text.
CACP Conducts Focus Groups at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
DeeDee Bennett and the CACP collaborative team conducted focus groups at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf on December 3rd and 4th, 2014. The focus groups explored the use of assistive technology for mobile devices and awareness of Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages. Participants were asked how they receive emergency alerts and information and preferences regarding light and vibration for incoming alerts. This research is supported by the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate under contract #HSHQDC-14-C-B0004. The opinions contained in the research publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division.
DeeDee Bennett Conducts Focus Groups at the Deaf Link, Inc. in San Antonio, TX
DeeDee Bennett and the CACP collaborative team conducted focus groups at Deaf Link, Inc. in San Antonio, TX on November 20, 2014. The focus groups explored the use of assistive technology for mobile devices and awareness of Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages. Participants were asked how they receive emergency alerts and information and preferences regarding light and vibration for incoming alerts. This research is supported by the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate under contract #HSHQDC-14-C-B0004. The opinions contained in the research publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division.
DeeDee Bennett holds demonstrations at the International Association of Emergency Managers
DeeDee Bennett held demonstrations at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, TX, November 17 -19, 2014. She demonstrated development and prototype projects related to our work with the Wireless RERC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alerts and Warnings (IPAWS) division regarding accessible emergency alerts for people with disabilities. Due the nature our research and recent partnerships, the demonstrations were featured in the FEMA IPAWS Booth (#327) at the IAEM Conference. Click here to view more.
Big update on the event in Washington D.C. Friday: CACP Participated in the FCC’s Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum & Exhibition
The FCC held a forum on Friday, "FCC’s Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum & Exhibition” November 7, 2014, to promote the latest advances in accessible wireless emergency communications, including text-to-911. The event was held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. CACP/Wireless RERC participated on a panel and also provided several prototypes and app solutions for alerting people with disabilities.
Article by DeeDee Bennett is featured in the IAEM Bulletin, volume 31, issue 10
An article by DeeDee Bennett, Ph.D. entitled “Moving Towards Accessible Wireless Emergency Alerts: Sending and Receiving” is featured in the October 2014 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Bulletin, volume 31, issue 10. This IAEM Bulletin issue is focused on the theme for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference and EMEX, “Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal”. The issue is available online, click here.
National Council on Disability (NCD) Event
Georgia Tech hosted a Research showcase and reception for the National Council on Disability on October 6, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Twenty-eight R&D posters and demonstrations presented the wide ranging work of the Georgia Tech community including design and technology for people with motor impairments, hard-of-hearing and Deaf, people with vision impairments, social media for children and adolescents, and universal design for people aging into disability. CACP presented a poster representing our work on digital inclusion and emergency communications as well as demonstrated emergency communications accessible apps and devices for people with disabilities. CACP is also a sponsor for the event which was held at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus.
University System of Georgia Names Helena Mitchell a Regents' Researcher
Dr. Helena Mitchell, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), was named a Regents' Researcher by the University System of Georgia. This highest of research honors, given by the Board of Regents of the state of Georgia, celebrates Dr. Mitchell’s scientific accomplishments and contributions to her field of research. Dr. Mitchell was recruited to Georgia through the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar program that spans educational, community and business environments. Her areas of specialty include broadband and wireless communications, educational technologies, regulatory and legislative policy, emergency/public safety communications, and universal service to vulnerable, rural and inner city populations.
In addition to being executive director for CACP, Dr. Mitchell is a Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy within Ivan Allen College. Dr. Mitchell is the first in the Ivan Allen College to be awarded the title of Regents' Researcher. In tandem, she is currently the Principal Investigator for the following grants and contracts:
• Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 2001 to research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs, enhance independence and improve the quality of life and community participation of individuals with disabilities.
• Wireless Emergency Alerts: Optimizing Ability of message Receipt by People with Disabilities funded in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. The project’s objectives are to maximize WEA message diffusion to deaf and hard of hearing citizens by developing a prototype signaling system designed around the needs of this population; and to conduct focus group and survey research to better understand how people with disabilities and those with access and functional needs respond to WEA messages.
• IPAWS Alerts for People with Disabilities or Language Differences funded in 2013 by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Project Management Office to supply evidence based, unbiased technical and policy options and recommendations on emergency communications, notifications, warnings and alerts that can contribute to advancing the goals of the IPAWS program.
Additional Information Helena Mitchell’s Bio Center for Advanced Communications Policy Wireless RERC
CACP Researchers at GACHI to Conduct Focus Groups
DeeDee Bennett, Salimah LaForce and the CACP collaborative team conducted focus groups at GACHI on August 8, 2014. The focus group explored user testing of an external alerting interface that responds to Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages on mobile phones. Participants was asked how they receive emergency alerts and information and preferences for two-way communications with emergency response personnel.
This research is supported, in part, by the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) Project Management Office (PMO) under contract # HSFE5-13-R-003. The opinions contained in the research publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, IPAWS PMO.
DeeDee Bennett at the Center for the Visually Impaired to Conduct Focus Groups
DeeDee Bennett and the CACP collaborative team conducted focus groups at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) on July 10, 2014. The focus group explored user testing of an external alerting interface that responds to Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages on mobile phones. Participants was asked how they receive emergency alerts and information and preferences for two-way communications with emergency response personnel. This research is supported, in part, by the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) Project Management Office (PMO) under contract # HSFE5-13-R-003. The opinions contained in the research publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, IPAWS PMO.
CACP Reports on Communications for People with Disabilities at the Time of Emergencies
Researchers at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology have written a report on Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies. Funded by the National Council on Disabilities, the report finds that the legitimate concerns of people with disabilities and other special needs populations in emergency situations are frequently overlooked or minimized. It identifies barriers, facilitators, and successful practices to providing effective emergency-related communications, especially accessibility issues, and reviews the enforcement of pertinent disability laws and regulations. The report includes recommendations for policy makers, federal partners, and emergency managers. “The communication needs of people with disabilities are not being fully integrated by emergency managers in planning efforts,” stated James D. White, Director of Communications Studies in the CACP and PI and principal author on the research project. “There is a lack of guidance available to emergency managers on the communication needs of people with disabilities, resulting in poor outreach to the disability community. Technology plays an increasingly vital role in emergency communications yet remains largely inaccessible for many people with disabilities, and despite all the legal mandates to provide effective communication to people with disabilities before, during, and after emergencies.” To read a full copy of the report, including key findings, recommendations and objectives, click here. For more information, contact James White Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helena Mitchell attended and presented at the 39th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop Sunday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Broomfield, Colorado. The Workshop: Wireless Emergency Alerts - The Edge of the Wave: Current Research and Pathway Forward will be presented on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Salimah LaForce at Deaf Link HQ to Conduct Focus Groups
CACP researcher Salimah LaForce traveled to Deaf Link headquarters in San Antonio, TX on June 18-20, 2014 to conduct focus groups and observe a novel survey method for capturing data from people who are deaf and rely on American Sign Language (ASL). One focus group explored user testing of an external alerting interface that responds to Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages on mobile phones. The other discussed how different modes of communication can be leveraged to enhance access to emergency information. Participants was asked how they receive emergency alerts and information and preferences for two-way communications with emergency response personnel. This research is supported, in part, by the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) Project Management Office (PMO) under contract # HSFE5-13-R-0031; and by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number H133E110002. The opinions contained in the research publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education, NIDRR or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, IPAWS PMO.
M-Enabling Seminar: Enabling Better Emergency Services for Persons with Disabilities
DeeDee Bennett was on a panel at the M-Enabling Seminar in Arlington, VA Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Emergency communications today can leverage multiple technology enablers embedded in mobile phones to provide more informed, accurate and faster response to calls by seniors or persons with disabilities at risk. This session reviewed solutions adopted around the world, case studies and innovations with the greatest potential for enhancing emergency communications for seniors and persons with disabilities. For more information click here
NFPA Conference and Expo
Braeden Benson presented,"Reaching the Whole Community: Examining Website Accessibility," at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Expo Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). The presentation discussed how websites are an important means of communication used in public safety. Using the Website Content Accessibility Guide published by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the research assesses the accessibility of State- and Country-level websites for having content related to people with disabilities and for providing information in a perceptually accessibile format.
Helena Mitchell attended and presented at the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) in Atlanta, Georgia June 1st - June 4th at the Sheraton Hotel. The workshop title: Emergency Planning & Response for the Whole Community: Information, Resources and Tools was presented on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.).
Georgia Social Vulnerability Index Training Workshop
DeeDee Bennett attended and participated in the Georgia Social Vulnerability Index Training Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia May 14th. The workshop informed participants about the development of the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and provide hands-on-training for the social vulnerability tool used in local emergency repsonse planning.
DeeDee Bennett attended the State-Wide Hurricane Evacuation Exercise (Hurrex 2014) in Macon, Georgia May 6th, where she participated as an observer. The exercise was a joint operation of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and Department of Human Services. The mission was to evaluate how shelter staff comply with real world operations in the event of an emergency.
Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults
The CACP hosted the general meeting for the Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults at the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
Braeden Benson Presented her "Capstone Project"
Braeden Benson presented her Capstone Project at Emory’s Public Health department on April 24, 2014.
Healthy Environments and Active Lifestyles (HEAL) Open House
The 6th Annual Healthy Environments and Active Lifestyles (HEAL) Open House was held on April 22, 2014 at 5:00pm-8:30pm. The event feature student projects and ongoing research from many organizations within Georgia Tech, including the Wireless RERC, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HEAL Event
CACP-FCBA Public Policy Luncheon
The Center for Advanced Communication Policy (CACP), Georgia Tech and The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), presented Public Policy Luncheon Series on April 14, 2014, 12:00pm-1:30pm at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Building 250 14th St., NW, Rm. 119 Atlanta, GA 30318. Public Policy Luncheon special topic event:
- Emergency Communications Alerts: Roles & Responsibilities of Industry
Panelists included the Director of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and representatives from Cox Media Group/WSB-TV and Charter Communications. The panel was moderated by Joiava Philpott, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.
Helena Mitchell attended the 2014 BEA/NAB Conventions
Helena attended the Broadcast Education Association convention as a judge for the Law & Policy division and also the National Association of Broadcasters convention where she will be assisting the FEMA IPAWS program staff in the exhibit area. Stop by the exhibit floor to learn more about the various FEMA projects especially those which address the need for creating accessible alerting for vulnerable populations. All the activities occured April 5-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Nathan W. Moon presented at UGA Regional Institute on STEM Education
Nathan W. Moon delivered two presentations with colleagues at the University of Georgia's Regional Institute on STEM Education on Saturday, April 5, 2014. “BreakThru: E-Mentoring to Support Students with Disabilities in STEM” presented some highlights from the NSF-supported Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance, including a discussion of electronic mentoring (e-mentoring) and its efficacy as part of GSAA’s BreakThru project. Moon serves as the Georgia Tech co-PI for GSAA, which is a collaborative between UGA and Georgia Tech. “MATH 1113 Precalculus Emporium: A Multi-Institutional Online Precalculus Course” provided an overview of a University System of Georgia (USG) online precalculus course as part of USG’s Complete College Georgia efforts. Moon serves as the external evaluator for the course. A copy of the BreakThru presentation may be found here, and copy of the MATH 1113 presentation may be found here.
DeeDee Bennett and Salimah LaForce at CSUN Conference
DeeDee Bennett and Salimah LaForce presented at the 2014 International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, California March 17-22, 2014. The papers include:
- Are we Neglecting the 20%: Accessibility of Emergency Management Websites, Wednesday, March 19th @ 10:40am, presented by DeeDee Bennett
- Future of Disabilities: Is Technology Failing Us?, Friday, March 21st @ 8:00am, presented by Salimah LaForce.
- DeeDee Bennett and Salimah LaForce attended on behalf of the IPAWS CACP Collaborative and the Wireless RERC.
Nathan W. Moon presented at Conference on the Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning
Nathan W. Moon gave two presentations at the Third Annual Conference on the Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning, which took place at Georgia Southern University on Friday, March 7, 2014.
Nathan Moon Named Co-PI for NSF BreakThru Project
Dr. Nathan W. Moon has been named as Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) and the BreakThru Project, a collaborative effort between the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The goals of this initiative are to increase student confidence and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes. BreakThru offers an environment in which students of all levels of ability can meet with mentors and receive the extra attention they need to excel in these courses thorugh a powerful learning community that connects students with disabilities and mentors in a unique way to promote universal learning and accessibility to STEM-based degrees. BreakThru empowers students with the opportunity to escape from the limitations and boundaries of the traditional classroom. BreakThru is a blended learning community that bridges the gap between the classroom and the virtual world to engage students in STEM based curriculums and resources. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For more information on the GSAA and BreakThru, please visit: http://georgiabreakthru.org/
Dave Stone listed as a Jezebel Magazine “Tweet Elite”
David Stone, a CACP Information Analyst, has made the list of Jezebel Magazine’s 2014 “Tweet Elites” with special recognition for his savvy use of social media. In addition to management and research duties at CACP, he is also a music producer and a local recording artist, with music featured on MTV, E! and Oxygen. In addition, he joins the “Tweet Elites” for January because of his knack for writing witticisms in 140 characters or less. His tweet status will be helpful to CACP’s social media sponsored projects. See the January issue for the full story. Congratulations!
CACP Awarded Funding from DHS
On September 30th CACP was notified by the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Division of the National Continuity Program Directorate of a grant from the IPAWS program: IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) Alerts for People with Disabilities or Language Differences. The award was for approximately $500,000 for one year – September 30, 2013 – September 29, 2014. The CACP Collaborative team efforts are to promote access to emergency communications for people with disabilities by providing advisory support, independent analysis and other professional services to the Directorate in which IPAWS resides. Specifically, the team will provide subject matter expertise on regulatory, policy and disability issues by supplying evidence based, unbiased technical and policy options and recommendations on emergency communications, notifications, warnings and alerts that can contribute to advancing the goals of IPAWS to be inclusive of people with disabilities. The diverse assignments will include but not be limited to assisting IPAWS in educating relevant agencies, organizations, emergency managers and industry to better understand the needs of people with disabilities during emergencies, informing citizens on mainstream technologies that can be co-opted for use in emergency communications, assist in supporting the vital work of first responders and state/local emergency managers, assist in social media activities, and explore ways to provide accessible next generation Wireless Emergency Alerts over various platforms that tie to IPAWS. The CACP Collaborative includes the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC), and leverages the work of the Wireless RERC also funded by the Federal government.
CACP joins Task Force on Quality of Life for Older Adults
September 5, 2013. Helena Mitchell and James White joined the Georgia Tech task force on “enhancing the quality of life for older adults.” The task force is an initiative to tackle multiple “grand challenges” associated with enabling older adults and those with functional limitations to live independently and maintain a high quality of life. James White contributed to the breakout group on “social connectedness,” that identified three grand challenges: Visioning Independent and Vigorous Aging, or VIVA; Building the Care Network that Works; and Supporting Social Integration. The task force is in the process of finalizing its choice of grand challenges, and developing a plan of action for Georgia Tech researchers and collaborators.
Nathan Moon Awarded RESNA “Rookie” Award
Dr. Nathan Moon recently was awarded the “Rookie” Award by RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. One of major awards by offered RESNA, the “Rookie” award is given annually to recognize new members who have made significant contributions, provided leadership, and have made an impact to RESNA during their first several years of participation. Dr. Moon was recognized for his leadership of the RESNA Government Affairs Committee, which he continues to lead.
CACP Awarded Contract for University System of Georgia STEM Efforts
The Center for Advanced Communications Policy has received a contract from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) for FY 2014. Led by Dr. Nathan W. Moon (PI), CACP will continue its external evaluation of the USG STEM Initiative, a program to improve student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) throughout Georgia’s colleges and universities. CACP also will conduct evaluation for a new initiative, the USG MATH 1113 Precalculus Emporium, which will provide a fully online, rigorous learning experience that is designed to improve student learning, retention, and success in this foundational course with the additional goal of greater affordability for the System. Dr. Moon serves on the Leadership Team for this effort, which is expected to launch in January 2014.
Helena Mitchell appointed to GT President’s Committee on Disabilities and Access
Helena has been appointed by Dr. Bud Peterson, President of Georgia Tech to serve on the committee which is charged with broad oversight responsibilities to ensure that GT meets its responsibilities and obligations under the ADA and related laws. The appointment is for two years.
Federal Budget Presentation for FY2014
The Georgia Tech Office of Government and Community Relations and Policy@Tech cordially invite you to join them at the Clough Commons, Room 144, on Thursday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. for a presentation about the proposed federal budget for FY2014. Mr. Robert Knotts, Director of Federal Relations at Georgia Tech, will provide an overview of the budget and discuss how it could impact the Georgia Tech community. He also will be able to answer any relevant questions about the federal budget and its implications for Tech. This discussion is open to all faculty, staff, and students at Georgia Tech. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to email@example.com. CACP is a partner center of Policy@Tech (http://policy.gatech.edu). Who: Mr. Robert Knotts, Director of Federal Relations
What: FY2014 Federal Budget Presentation
Where: Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Rm. 144 (Auditorium)
When: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
9-1-1 Alert Trends for People with Disabilities
June 2013 — Wireless RERC principal investigator, Dr. Helena Mitchell, presented 9-1-1 & Alert Trends for People with Disabilities at the National Emergency Number Associations’ (NENA) annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. NENA’s educational tracks, among other things, addressed NG911, accessibility, text-to-911, public outreach, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). NENA hosted thousands of public safety professionals, telecommunications specialists, and federal, state, and local policymakers for a week of discussions, presentations and demonstrations aimed at developing an understanding the near and long-term issues facing public safety and the skills needed to address challenges. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See more at: http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/
CTIA Accessibility Outreach Initiative Webinar - June 13,2013
On June 13, 2013, Wireless RERC researchers Ben Lippincott and SalimahLaForce presented an overview of the Wireless RERC to industry representatives at a webinar hosted by CTIA's Accessibility Outreach Initiative (AOI). Also discussed were services and other collaborative opportunities the RERC has available to offer CTIA member companies. Attendees included representatives from companies such as Verizon, BlackBerry, Motorola, etc. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See more at: http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/
Join us at HEAL on April 23rd
The annual Georgia Tech Healthy Environments & Active Lifestyles (HEAL) Open House event was held April 23, 2013 from 5pm – 8:30pm, featuring demonstrations of student class projects and research from several Georgia Tech organizations, including: The Aware Home Research Initiative, The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), the Wireless RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center), Design and Technology for Healthy Aging, and others. These organizations have come together around a common theme: to showcase the great work being done at Georgia Tech related to independence through better design of environments and application of design and technology to improve the lives of people of all abilities. Georgia Tech students and faculty was available in an open house setting to share their projects and research with you and hear your constructive feedback. Please RSVP if you plan to attend (http://www.healatgt.gatech.edu/content/RSVP)
CSUN 2013 - Survey Says! National EAS Test Accessibility
On February 28, 2013, Wireless RERC Principal Investigator, Helena Mitchell, gave a presentation on a study of the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the effectiveness of EAS for people with sensory disabilities at the CSUN 2013 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See more at: http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/
CSUN 2013 - Social Media, Public Emergencies & Disability
On February 28, 2013, Wireless RERC researchers SalimahLaForce, John Morris and Jim Mueller gave a presentation on social media use by people with disabilities during public emergencies at the CSUN 2013 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See more at: http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/
Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning Conference
Nathan W. Moon recently delivered two presentations at the 2nd Annual Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning Conference at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The poster presentation, “Formative Evaluation of the USG STEM II Initiative,” shared key findings from CACP’s evaluation of the University System of Georgia’s STEM Initiative, which seeks to improve student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Georgia’s colleges and universities. The interactive session, “Improving Accessibility and Inclusion in STEM,” discussed the importance of making STEM instruction accessible for students with disabilities. The presentation showcased several Georgia Tech projects that provide teachers and faculty with practical resources to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Salimah LaForce Secures Funding for Local Public School’s STEM Lab
Salimah LaForce, CACP Research Analyst and Chair of Bolton Academy PTA’s Grant Writing Committee has secured a grant to fund a Science Education & Active Learning (SEAL) Lab for grades 2 – 5 to enhance project based, hands on learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The SEAL Lab mission is to enrich the students’ science education experience and advance their understanding of themselves, the planet and the universe; with a near-term goal of positively impacting academic achievement and the long-term goal of preparing them to succeed in the 21st century workplace. This grant was awarded by the Lowe’s Charitable Educational Foundation on January 10th, 2013. Since the inception of the award, Lowe's has helped more than 1,000 schools across America to implement projects that help improve and strengthen their schools and communities. CACP is honored to participate in this initiative, which will further enhance and support the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and STEM education.
Policy @ Tech Speakers Series
The CACP and The Policy@Tech Speakers Series co-sponsored a presentation by Dr. Michael Marcus on October 22, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Centergy building, room 5126. His commentary was on The FCC as Seen from the Inside… The Federal Communications Commission has a major impact on the telecommunications industry in both technical and nontechnical regulation. This talk from a retired FCC insider will examine the nature of FCC in today's industry as it struggles to keep up with a growing and dynamic industry under a basic 1934 law with a few amendments and the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act for procedural guidance. How does the FCC cope with these demands in an increasing polarized Washington? By contrast, its UK counterpart, Ofcom, is a somewhat parallel organization with respect to jurisdiction but was created a few years ago with a very different structure. He compared the productivity of the two.
Nathan Moon Panelist @ APA-NSF
Nathan W. Moon served as a panel respondent at the American Psychological Association-National Science Foundation meeting on Women with Disabilities in STEM Education, October 15-17, 2012. The meeting was held at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
CACP appointment to RESNA committee
Nathan W. Moon was recently appointed chair of the Government Affairs Committee for RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, for the 2012-2013 year. RESNA is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.
Helena Mitchell respondent at Broadband Policy Experts' Workshop
Helena Mitchell served as respondent during the three day experts' workshop "Evaluating and Assessing Broadband Policy". The workshop brought together about twenty American and international experts as part of a series focused on making policy research accessible. The workshop was held in Washington, DC on September 19-21, 2012.
37th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
DeeDee Bennett participated in a panel discussion entitled “Evidence-Based Best Practices for Disability Issues” at the 37th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. The topics from the panel included the state of research on disabilities and disasters and how this evidence is being translated (or not translated) into best practices. Additionally, Ms. Bennett was a recorder for other sessions during this workshop. The workshop was held in Broomfield, Colorado on July 14-17, 2012. Some topics included: GIS, healthcare research, National Disaster Recovery Framework, and recovery best practices.
CACP awarded NCD grant
The Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a grant from the National Council on Disability to conduct a study on effective communication for people with disabilities before, during, and after emergencies. Dr. James D. White, Director of Communications Studies in the CACP is the PI for this project.
Winning! SERG wins Poster Competition!
The Southeast Regional Group (SERG) of BCS – The Charted Institute for IT won the BCSWomen poster competition! We are proud to know that our poster was reproduced and used in schools to inspire young girls and young women to consider careers in IT and computing. The poster was also used to encourage girls to participate in the Young Rewired State Festival at Bletchley Park in the United Kingdom. Feel free to print and display the winning submission poster.Help spread the word – IT's for you too!
CACP Awarded Contract for Evaluation of USG STEM Initiative
The Center for Advanced Communications Policy has received a contract from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) for FY 2013. Led by Dr. Nathan W. Moon (PI), CACP will continue its external evaluation of the USG STEM Initiative, a program to improve student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) throughout Georgia’s colleges and universities.
Public Policy Luncheon Series: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
On Monday, May 21, 2012, the CACP and FCBA co-sponsored a luncheon entitled: The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010″(CVAA). Under the leadership of Dr. James White, Director of Communications Studies at the CACP, the annual Public Policy Luncheon Series brings together local, state and federal government leaders, industry representatives and a diverse set of stakeholders to address the public policy issues facing the telecommunications industry, particularly pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities.
End of the Phone System Workshop
Helena Mitchell presented “Great Expectations: Keeping People with Disabilities Connected in a Wireless Future” at The End of the Phone System workshop. Her presentation discussed how academia, through evidence based research, is forming the development of wireless technology policy and pushing to make accessibility a key component of federal rulemakings. The workshop was held at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania on May 16-18, 2012. Some topics included: Impacts on universal service, disability access, emergency services (911), and public safety, as well as implications for the National Broadband Plan.
Wireless RERC Accessibility Summit @ CTIA Show
CTIA, The Wireless Association hosted its annual conference from May 8 – 10, 2012 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Wireless RERC held an Accessibility Summit entitled, “Ready, Set, Go!: Near and Long-term Strategies to implement New Federal Accessibility Requirements,” on May 9, 2012. The Summit included a two-part moderated discussion with representatives from the FCC, wireless industry, consumer advocacy, and academia on what the wireless industry needs to do now and in the future to be compliant with the 21st Century Video and Accessibility Act (CVAA) and take advantage of new market opportunities.
Panelists include: • Rosaline Crawford – FCC – [view presentation] • Adrienne Biddings - Google • Susan Mazrui - AT&T • Paul Schroeder - American Foundation for the Blind • Andrew Phillips - National Association of the Deaf • John Morris - Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
James White Presents at UCP 2012 in Washington D.C.
Dr. James White's presentation Employment Prospects in a Digital World on April 27, 2012 during the annual United Cerebral Palsy conference in Washington, DC, outlined the promise that the networked economy holds to change the employment situation for people with disabilities. It concluded with recommendations to change the way the world of work operates and provide many more avenues for employment, especially for youth with disabilities.
Event Summary - Turing @ Tech
Turing @ Tech, a series of events to commemorate the centenary of mathematician and computing pioneer Alan Turing’s birth, was a great success. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Group of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT and CACP, the celebration included a film showing and a symposium and luncheon. Turing @ Tech kicked off with a viewing of Breaking the Code on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Faculty and students from Georgia Tech and Emory University turned out to view this film adaptation of Hugh Whitemore’s award-winning play about Alan Turing’s years at Bletchley Park during World War II. On Friday, April 20, 2012, Turing @ Tech culminated with a symposium and luncheon that drew attendees from Georgia Tech, Furman University in South Carolina, as well as the Atlanta area. The panel discussion was moderated by Georgia Tech doctoral candidate Irina Nikiforova, and it included Prof. Kevin Treu from Furman University, Mr. Neil Kimber from Fiserv and Fellow of BCS, Prof. Ian Bogost from Georgia Tech, and Emory University graduate student Alan Gould. Each panelist discussed Alan Turing’s legacy and his influence on their body of work, as well as his impact on mathematics, computer science, cryptography, robotics, and developmental biology. Panelists agreed that Turing remains underappreciated although his influence remains quite strong. Prof. Treu drew upon his own course on Alan Turing to explain why college freshmen should study his life and work, while Mr. Kimber related his personal experiences of learning about Turing’s contributions as a young computer programmer. A little known fact is that Turing authored the first chess program even before a computer existed to run it. The discussion then shifted to discuss more specific topics, such as artificial intelligence. Prof. Bogost discussed the relevance of Turing’s ideas for videogames, while Mr. Gould related how Turing’s ideas can reach beyond computing to address more philosophical concerns. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breaking the Code
Georgia Tech Student Center Theatre, Atlanta, GA April 19, 2012
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
2012 is the Centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, one of the founders of computing as a scientific and engineering discipline. A viewing of the biographical film,Breaking the Code" was featured.
James White to present at ISA
STEM Teaching and Learning Conference
Presenting for Dr. Nathan W. Moon (who was unable to attend due to an emergency), Dr. Kamau I. Bobb delivered two presentations at the Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning Conference at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, on Friday, March 9, 2012: USG STEM Initiative: Overview and Lessons Learned" presents key findings from the evaluation of the University System of Georgia (USG) STEM Initiative. It also discusses how the STEM I Initiative (2007-2011) was revised and re-competed as the STEM II Initiative (2011-present). View USG STEM Initiative [PowerPoint] STEM Enhancement Programs: The National Context" presents initial findings from a literature review and online survey of state-level STEM enhancement initiatives throughout the United States.Our research finds that 42 states have developed such initiatives, with 30 of them focusing on improvements to STEM education at the postsecondary level. Our research examines initiative missions, demographics, programmatic components, and outcomes. Dr. Bobb currently serves as the USG STEM Coordinator and Research Scientist at Georgia Tech. Support for these presentations and the conference was provided by the USG Office of Educational Access and Success (OEAS). View STEM Enhancement Program [PowerPoint]
TV, Radio, Mobile Alerting for Weather Emergencies: And the Winner is…
Frank Lucia presented “TV, Radio, Mobile Alerting for Weather Emergencies: And the Winner is…” at the66th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference in Charleston, SC, March 5-8, 2012. The presentation highlighted results from the Wireless RERC’s survey and focus groups on the accessibility of the national EAS test.
Wireless RERC Testifies Before U.S. Access Board
Helena Mitchell presented the testimony of the Wireless RERC regarding the U.S. Access Board’s Second Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2nd ANPRM) [Docket No. 2011-07 or RIN No. 3014-AA37] at the 27th Annual CSUN Conference. TheANPRM asked for comments addressing information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility standards issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and additional guidelines issued under Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The proposed guidelines and requirements include various accessibility aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) including functional performance, technical requirements, hardware and audio output functionality, real time simultaneous conversation via audio, text, and video, and product support and services. The Wireless RERC testimony presented a number of recommendations including that the Access Board explicitly include the World Wide Web Consortium’s Mobile Web Best Practices guide as a resource for making mobile content accessible; that the guidelines include speech input as a user control for ICT; and that in addition to Braille instructions, voice recognition be included to initiate speech mode for ICT. The Wireless RERC also recommended that ICT should not be subject to “equivalent facilitation,” but instead the guidelines should ensure that people with disabilities are included in research and development of ICT to ensure accessibility and universal design is built into the device, suggesting that this inclusion would alleviate the need for retrofitting and aftermarket add-ons to achieve accessibility. [Source: U.S. Access Board, Wireless RERC] Additional Information:
Wireless RERC Testimony U.S. Access Board Press Release
EVENT Summary - Women in IT
The Brunch Learn, IT’s for you too: the female dynamic in information technology education and careers held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 was a great success with the attendance of students, professors, faculty, staff, and professionals. The event was co-hosted by the Southeast Regional Group of BCS – The Charted Institute for IT and the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Our three guest speakers, Rénu Kulkarni, Dr. Cheryl Leggon, and Elle Creel provided a basis for a lively discussion. Dr. Cheryl Leggon, a prominent leader in research of minority women in science and engineering, discussed the dichotomy of female underrepresentation in the technology industry despite the fact that “tech companies with more women managers have a 34% higher return on investment.” Renu Kulkarni, the Founder and Executive Director of FutureMediaSM celebrated female role models in IT such as Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook, and Padmasree Warrior, CTO Cisco. Though there is less participation in the IT workforce compared to males, as a group, women still receive half of all given awards and honors. Elle Creel, the undergraduate student body president at the Georgia Institute of Technology, wrapped up the talks nicely with her own experience as a young woman in a male dominant institute. She ended with advice on taking up not just female mentors, but male mentors as well, in order to maintain a balanced perspective of the scientific workforce and benefit from both points of view. The attendees left with resources and confidence to further advance their careers. With diverse speakers and attendees, the discussion heated with excitement and passion about increasing the female presence in science, technology and engineering. We’re looking forward to future events. To get on the list send an e-mail to Salimah@cacp.gatech.edu.
View pictures of the event and the speakers’ presentations:
Cheryl LeggonPresentation [PDF]
Rénu Kulkarni Presentation [PDF]