IT staff talk about access for handicapped

IT staff talk about access for handicapped

How do you ensure that your systems and information are accessible to people with disabilities? That's a big question with agencies these days, and the search for answers drew a crowd to a two-day conference in Washington earlier this month.

The fourth annual Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase had extra emphasis this year as agency chiefs sought to comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.

A key session of the conference, presented by Cessi Inc. of McLean, Va., and sponsored by the General Services Administration, was a panel discussion of the accessibility of government systems.

Panel members

Among those on the panel were:

Bottom, second from the left: Rex Lint, chairman of the Section 508 Working Group for the Information Technology Association of America

Bottom, second from the right and bottom, right: Sheila Newman, vice president of Cessi, and Craig Luigart, Education Department CIO

Top: The government systems accessibility panel, from left: Tom Soa of Microsoft Corp.'s accessibility program; Ken Salaets, director of Government Relations for the Information Technology Industry Council; Luigart; Mike Takemura, accessibility program director for Compaq Computer Corp.; Newman, and Lint.

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