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Participants Needed For a Study of Cell Phone Based Emergency Services

Researchers at the Neil Squire Society (new window) in cooperation with the Canadian Association of the Deaf (new window) , the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (new window) and the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (new window) are conducting a study to look at how “911” emergency calls and emergency disaster alerts on cellular phones can be made more accessible.

The goal of this project is to get input from actual cell phone users on how the next generation of emergency services should be designed to ensure accessibility before they are released. Your feedback will be used to make industry and government aware of the unique needs of persons with disabilities.

We are currently looking for people who are blind, people who are deaf and people with mobility impairment. People with blindness or deafness that currently use a cell phone or have used a cell phone in the past are preferred. Also, we are looking for people with a mobility impairment that prevents them from using cell phones because of limited hand control. Anyone interested will have a choice of attending a focus group or completing a brief survey.

The focus groups will be held at locations in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa. The focus groups will typically last 2 hours and consist of 6 to 8 people. There will be a brief presentation and an open question and answer session.

To learn more about this research and your eligibility, please contact:

Neil Squire Society
Toll Free: 1-877-673-4636

Suite 220 -2250 Boundary Rd.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5M 3Z3

Principal Researcher
Dr. Gary Birch, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Neil Squire Society
Executive Director and Director of Research & Development