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Health briefs: People with disabilities being surveyed

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press
Monday, December 10, 2012 12:01 am
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.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.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.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.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.


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