GSA to sponsor Section 508 seminar Monday

GSA to sponsor Section 508 seminar Monday

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

OCT. 12—On Monday, the National Science Foundation and the General Services Administration will sponsor a three-hour seminar on ways to make online information systems more accessible to users with vision, motor or other impairments.

The Oct. 16 seminar, starting at 9 a.m. in the GSA Auditorium at 1800 F Street NW in Washington, will present an overview of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. Speakers will review assistive technologies for information systems.

GSA is cosponsoring the seminar with the Council for Excellence in Government. Co-chairmen are GSA associate administrator G. Martin Wagner and Larry Brandt, NSF's digital government program manager. Speakers are Sharon Laskowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who will discuss accessibility metrics; Greg Vanderheiden of the University of Wisconsin; Stanford University's Neil Scott; and David Hackbarth of the Census Bureau.

The Section 508 mandate applies to agencies' use, procurement, development and maintenance of IT equipment. More information appears at www.section508.gov. Call 202-728-0418 to register for the seminar.

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