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User Agreement

Please review the following Agreement carefully before using the GRADE website.

BY USING THIS WEBSITE AND/OR VIEWING MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BECOME BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF IN ANY FORM OR MANNER.

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User Agreement and Acceptable Use Policy

This User Agreement ("Agreement") governs the use of the GRADE website ("Site") developed by the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access ("CATEA") formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Technology ("CRT") at Georgia Institute of Technology ("GIT") with funding from the the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research ("NIDRR") in which the Georgia Tech Research Corporation ("GTRC") has exclusive rights, including participation in the Site's chat and message boards or forums ("Discussion Areas").

The Site is designed to provide a forum for users to share their opinions, experiences, and to contribute other information. In order to maximize the benefit of the Site, users must agree to and abide by the terms of usage. USE OF THE SITE IN ANY FORM OR MANNER CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT.

GTRC may change, modify, or update this User Agreement from time to time. Continued use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of these changes, modifications, or updates.





Terms of Usage

Information, materials, comments and all other submissions to the Site by you or any other user becomes the property of GTRC upon submission.

GTRC does not endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with the comments, opinions or statements posted by you or any other user in Discussion Areas or elsewhere on the Site. Any information or material placed online by you or any other user, including advice and opinions, is the view and responsibility of the submitter and does not necessarily represent the view of the Site.

The terms for usage are intended to protect and preserve the mission of the Site as stated above. If you do not want or can not abide by all of the terms of this User Agreement you may not use this Site in any manner whether directly or indirectly.





Use of the Site by You

GTRC grants you the right to use the Site to submit and review information, comments and other materials related to disability awareness resources and issues. This right to use the Site is personal to you. You may not authorize others to use the Site. You are solely responsible for all of your own use and actions while on the Site. You agree not to use any obscene, indecent or offensive language, or to place on the Site any material that is false, defamatory, abusive, harassing or hateful in nature. Furthermore, you may not place on the Site any material that is encrypted or coded, constitutes junk mail or unauthorized advertising, invades anyone's privacy, encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state, national or international law or regulation. You agree to use the Site only for lawful purposes that are directly related to the mission of the Site as stated herein.

You are responsible for ensuring that any material you provide to the Site including but not limited to text, photographs and sound, does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party. Material provided to the Site, including but not limited to the Discussion Areas, shall become the property of GTRC and all rights in the material shall be transferred thereof.

Material on the Site is for your personal use only. GTRC does not grant you any other rights to any of the material on the Site. You may not in any way make commercial or other unauthorized use, by publication, re-transmission, distribution, performance, caching or otherwise, of material obtained through the Site, except as permitted by the Copyright Act or other law.

You agree not to disrupt, modify or interfere with the Site or its associated software, hardware and servers in any way, and you agree not to impede or interfere with others' use of the Site. You further agree not to alter or tamper with any information or materials on, or associated with, the Site.

You acknowledge that the GTRC, CATEA, GIT or any employee thereof has not reviewed and does not endorse the content of this Site or any content on any sites linked to and from this Site and is not responsible for the content or actions of any other sites linked to and from this Site. Linking to any other Service or Company site from this Site is at your sole risk.





Use of Material Posted by You

Postings to the Discussion Areas and other areas of this Site are not private. You grant GTRC and its designees the unrestricted right to use, reproduce, modify, translate, transmit and distribute any information or material you supply or communicate to the Site via such postings, in any medium now in existence or hereafter developed, for any purpose, including commercial uses.





Materials Provided by Others

You agree that GTRC, CATEA, GIT or any employee thereof is not responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any information or materials posted by others, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material.





Personal Information

GTRC is dedicated to supporting an individual's right to have their personal information held in the strictest confidence. This website does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically, knowingly and voluntarily provided by such individuals. A user's personally identifiable information will not be transferred, sold or loaned to any third party.

IP Addresses

GTRC may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our website. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information for statistical research purposes only.

Cookies

GTRC may place a "cookie" in the browser files of the user's computer. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifiable information and is used to allow an authenticated user to access pages that require a login. The cookie is created on login and persists for a little while after the user leaves the site, or until logging out. Although the cookie could enable GTRC to relate a user's use of this site to information that the user has specifically and knowingly provided, GTRC does not do so except in cases as outlined above, or under an official law enforcement directive.

Your Web browser may include an option that allows you not to accept cookies, or warn you before accepting them. However, GTRC does not recommend using this option, since some features that require user login will not function properly without them.





Use of the Site by Minors

Children under the age of 18 should be sure to ask parents or guardians for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.





Indemnification

You hereby indemnify and hold harmless GTRC, GIT, and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and their employees, officers, board members and agents (hereinafter "Indemnitees") from and against all claims, suits, liabilities, damages, costs, fees, expenses or losses arising out of or resulting from your use of the Site under this Agreement, including but not limited to any third party claims against Indemnitees for patent, copyright, and/or trademark infringement and/or patent interference resulting from your submission to the Site.





Editing and Deletions

GTRC reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move or delete any material posted by users in the Discussion Areas or elsewhere on the Site, in its sole discretion and without notice.





Modifications to the User Agreement

GTRC reserves the right to add, change, or modify, from time to time, sections of this Agreement. GTRC shall take reasonable steps to indicate which sections have been added, changed, or modified. Your use of the Site constitutes your agreement to comply with these additional rules.





Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE USING THE SERVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED "AS IS," AND THE SERVICE PROVIDER AND ITS AFFILIATES HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, CONDITION, GUARANTEE OR REPRESENTATION, WHETHER ORAL, IN WRITING OR IN ELECTRONIC FORM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN OR PROVIDED BY THE SERVICE.

THE SERVICE PROVIDER AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT ACCESS TO THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR THAT THERE WILL BE NO FAILURES, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OR LOSS OF TRANSMITTED INFORMATION, OR THAT NO VIRUSES WILL BE TRANSMITTED ON THE SERVICE. THE SERVICE PROVIDER AND ITS AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ALLEGEDLY SUSTAINED ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO OR INABILITY TO ACCESS THE SERVICE, INCLUDING FOR VIRUSES ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE SERVICE, YOUR USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE SERVICE OR ANY OF THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICE, REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF CLAIM OR THE NATURE OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (I don't understand the last clause: "even if ....") SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.





Medical Advice Disclaimer

INFORMATION POSTED ON THE SITE IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIALS POSTED ON THE SITE ARE INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE, MEDICAL OPINION, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. ANY INFORMATION POSTED ON THE SITE IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION. SEE YOUR HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND TREATMENT.





Product Disclaimer

INFORMATION POSTED ON THE SITE IS NOT A PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT BY GTRC, GIT, CATEA, OR EMPLOYEES THEREOF. ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIALS POSTED ON THE SITE ARE INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED EITHER AS A PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT OR DISAPPROVAL.





Termination

GTRC has the right to suspend or terminate your ability to access the Site, for any reason, without notice.





Waiver

Waiver by GTRC of any term or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a continuing waiver thereof nor of any further or additional rights such party may hold under this Agreement.





Governing Law

This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, U.S.A.





Severability

If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality or enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired.





Entire User Agreement

This Agreement is the complete and entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior agreement, whether written or oral.

If you don't agree to the terms contained in this Agreement, please exit the Site immediately.


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