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Health briefs: People with disabilities being surveyed

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 12:01 am

Wireless use by people with disabilities

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is conducting two surveys on how people with disabilities use wireless technology. “User Needs” is a general survey on the use and usability of wireless technologies, and “Emergency Communications” focuses on contacting emergency response services (fire, rescue and ambulance) during a personal emergency and receiving alerts during public emergencies, like severe weather, forest fires, and so on.

To complete the surveys, go to user needs: http://fifthfreedom.org/u/kl and emergency communications: http://fifthfreedom.org/u/km.

Rights of people with disabilities

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate rejected the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Sixty-one senators voted in favor of CRPD, just six votes short of the two-thirds majority required to adopt a treaty. If this issue is important to you, you may want to contact your senator with your opinion.

For contact information, go to http://fifthfreedom.org/findreps.

Dogs and people with disabilities

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, is gathering information to learn more about he role of dogs in the lives of people with disabilities. Non-dog owners can also participate in the survey.

For the questionnaire for people with disabilities, go to http://fifthfreedom.org/u/ki.

Mobile device accessibility webinar

The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices Webinar will be 2-3 p.m. Tuesday. To register, visit www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology and click “register” on the left side of the page.

Blood drives

American Red Cross blood drives for December:

•8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Recreation Hall, 11337 Old U.S. 27 South. Call 615-6168 or email era1144@aol.com for an appointment.

•2-7 p.m. Dec. 18, New Haven Fire Department, Police Training Room, 815 Lincoln Highway E., New Haven. Call 748-7083 for an appointment.

•8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 20, Dupont Hospital, 2520 E. Dupont Road. Call 416-3023 for an appointment.

•1-7 p.m. Dec. 26, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Community Room, 10700 Aboite Center Road. Call 446-5311 for an appointment.

•2-7 p.m. Dec. 28, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Meeting Room, 4700 Vance Ave. Call 483-8816 for an appointment.

•Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road. Traditional whole-blood or double-red cell donation: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

•Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 480-8299): 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday; 6:30 a.m.-noon Saturday; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

•Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107. Traditional whole-blood or platelet pheresis donation, but no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m.-noon Thursday through Saturday, except noon-6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. For details, or to register, call 1-800-733-2767, or go to www.redcrossblood.org.