IDEAS sharpened at accessibility conference

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PostNewsweek Tech Media and the General Services Administration sponsored IDEAS 2003 at the Washington Convention Center Nov. 5 and 6. Attendees heard Section 508 updates, discussed best practices for implementing procurement rules and explored technologies that enable equal IT access for people with disabilities. Many sessions were at capacity, such as this one on opening morning.

Accessibility resources from GCN

' Section 508 topic page

' 508 Resource Center

Photos by Henrik G. de Gyor and Olivier Douliery
Leslie Field, OFPP procurement policy analyst, presents the Government Best Practices Award for Outstanding Federal Organization to the Education Department, accepted by Education's Alex Koudry, center, and Don Barrett. The Patent and Trademark Office won the award for Outstanding Individual Federal Team.

Jason Taylor of UsableNet (left) and Joseph Machovec of the Defense Department examine an accessibility product display at the IDEAS conference show floor.

FAA Section 508 coordinator Deborah Douglas Slade discusses agency innovation during a best practices session.

Marty Wagner, General Services Administration associate administrator for governmentwide policy, addresses the assembly as an interpreter assists.

From left, Dinah Cohen of the Defense Department, Ben Wu of the Commerce Department and Dave Greene of PostNewsweek chat after a session at IDEAS.

Terry Weaver of the General Services Administration and Jeff Muehleib of Hewlett-Packard trade observations after a session led by Weaver.

From left, P.J. Edington of IBM, Craig Luigart of Veterans Affairs and Bill Howell of PostNewsweek compare notes about the accessibility products and services showcased at IDEAS.

The Education Department's Glenn Perry, vice chairman of the Federal Acquisition Council, delivers plenary remarks, with an assist from a sign language interpreter.
The Government Computer News Lab team, from left, John Breeden II, Arthur Moser and Carlos A. Soto, demonstrate and review accessibility products used by government.


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