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RERC on Telerehabilitation, SHRS, University of Pittsburgh
The National Broadband Plan and Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Martin Luther King Library, Washington, D.C.
March 10, 2010, 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM

The RERC on Telerehabilitation (RERC-TR) was invited to participate in a roundtable as part of an event dedicated to discussion of and reaction to accessibility recommendations in the recently released U.S. National Broadband Policy.  Roundtable participants consisted of representatives of consumer organizations, industry and academia.   Kate Seelman represented the RERC-TR. The event was held on March 10, 2010 in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the Hatfield/Silicon Flatirons, the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.   

During the first part of the event, administration and FCC officials discussed national broadband accessibility recommendations.  Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy and Federal Communication Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski were among the presenters.  The roundtable was composed of consumer leaders from the American Council of the Blind, the National Association of the Deaf, and the Autistic Self Advocacy network.  Industry leaders, such Vinton Cerf at Google made thoughtful presentations, joined by Microsoft, Verizon, Time Warner and WGBH, the Information Technology Industry Council and G3ict. The Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and TR-RERC, SHRS, University of Pittsburgh presented perspectives from academic R&D.  Seelman, for example, noted that broadband is needed for many life-saving applications for people with disabilities, such as remote medical monitoring and prescribing, as well as rehabilitative activities such as remote job coaching and training. See http://www.coataccess.org/node/6713

The RERC-TR had participated in a previous FCC Broadband Workshop held in Washington, D.C. on October 20, 2009.  The workshop was entitled Broadband Accessibility for People with Disabiities:  Barriers, Opportunities and Policy Recommendations.  RERC-TR testimony provided examples of the “match” between rehabilitation and remote delivery of services.  Many of the issues discussed at these events were elaborated on in the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. http://ethnology.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/Telerehab

Note: The archived video of this event is available at: http://reboot.fcc.gov/live/

 

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