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October 28, 2005

Gallaudet University hosts conference on accessible emergency communications

From: Gallaudet - Oct 28, 2005

Gallaudet University hosts conference on accessible emergency communications

EVENT: Accessible Emergency Notification and Communication: State of the Science Conference
DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Thursday, Nov. 3
TIME: 9 am – 5 pm
LOCATION: Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

NOTE: (WASHINGTON) The recent disaster caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast has highlighted the importance of access to emergency communications by people with disabilities.

The event, “Accessible Emergency Notification and Communication: State of the Science Conference,” will take place Nov. 2-3 at Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center.

The conference is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telecommunications Access.

The conference’s goals are to identify needs and gather possible solutions for accessible emergency notification and communication; to encourage interaction among industry, government, and consumer experts so that accessibility considerations are more likely to be built into notification and communication products and procedures, and to create a literature on the state of the science in this area.

The intended audience includes accessibility experts, government representatives with responsibility for emergency communications, standards group representatives, academicians and consultants with research and technical background in emergency communications, and industry representatives.

The RERC on Telecommunications Access is a joint project of the Trace Center, University of Wisconsin, and the Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University.


About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.