DHS to launch accessibility office

DHS to launch accessibility office

The Homeland Security Department plans to create an office to promote IT accessibility for employees and consumers with disabilities.

'Making electronic and information technology accessible for people with disabilities is a good business management strategy,' said the department's CIO, Steve Cooper. He announced the new office in a joint statement issued yesterday with DHS' civil rights and civil liberties officer, Daniel Sutherland.

The new office will form part of Cooper's CIO Office, and have a reporting relationship to Sutherland's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office. The department is recruiting two employees to staff the office, including a program manager.

The newly hired officials will oversee the department's compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which mandates that federal IT be accessible to disabled persons.

Details about the project are available at AT508.com, a Web site that features information for the assistive technology community.

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