The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) and Georgia Tech’s Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) will hold a half-day seminar on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities.

This seminar, to be held March 22, will be free to all registered attendees of CTIA Wireless 2004, which runs March 22-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“Most people don’t realize that over 50 million Americans have some level of vision, hearing, speech, mobility, or cognitive disability,” said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. “The wireless industry is continuing its leadership by designing accessible products that serve people with disabilities, as well as baby boomers who are experiencing changes in vision, hearing, and mobility as they age. We want to make sure that wireless technology is available and useful to everyone, regardless of any disabling factors.”

The RERC is conducting research to assess the needs, preferences, and behaviors of consumers with disabilities. The latest results from this effort will be presented during the Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities seminar.

The seminar will also discuss regulations and guidelines associated with access to wireless technologies, including new policies affect hearing aid compatibility with wireless phones. In addition, the emerging Alternative Interface Access Protocol will be discussed as an example of how a universal interface standard can extend access to more consumers.

A theme throughout the seminar will be universal design. Ideas will be presented to promote concepts throughout the development of new mobile wireless products. The seminar will conclude with a look toward at how mobile wireless technologies may improve the quality of life and increase the independence of people with disabilities.

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