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Factors Influencing Adoption of Wireless Technologies: Key Issues, Barriers and Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Abstract:

In this report the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities examines the role that advances in wireless communications and related technologies play in providing the disabled community increased opportunities for daily interactions; and more specifically analyzes accessibility policy issues related to the use of wireless communications and other information technologies. The advancement of universal design concepts and assistive technologies, including wireless technologies, and the disability divide that exists between users of telecommunications technologies, are focused on as means of promoting and ensuring equal access to services and products for people with disabilities. Compilations and overviews of current government initiatives, telecommunications policies, and Supreme Court rulings interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act are discussed as are the barriers and opportunities to these related topics.