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special announcement

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 17:11:44 -0400
Message-ID: <37165610.588AC13E@clark.net>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I am sending this for information.  Please follow up as instructed for
information and possible attendance.
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EXPANDING THE VIEW:
A UNIVERSAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY ACCESS CONFERENCE

Sponsored by:
The Governors Office for Individuals with Disabilities,
The Access and Equity Committee of the Maryland Information Technology
Board, and
The National Federation of the Blind, with support from the ITB
Technology
Fund

Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore
(A mile south of the Inner Harbor at the end of Light Street)

This conference will provide an opportunity for state IT professionals
and
the technology vendor community to gain up-to-date information about
universal access principles, appropriate design of Information
Technology
applications, and pertinent procurement requirements. On-screen and
hands-on
demonstrations will be included, using the resources of the
International
Braille and Technology Center for the Blind, a comprehensive
evaluation,
demonstration, and training center with over $2 million worth of
adaptive
technology.

Who should come:
Professionals in the field of information technology, including State
of
Maryland IT professionals and company representatives

Special guests:
Major Riddick, Governor’s Chief of Staff
Leslie E. Hearn, Executive Director, Maryland Department
of Budget & Management, Office of Information Technology

Luncheon speaker:
Bill Opit, President, Corporate Network Services Group, PSINet

The agenda will include experts on
WHAT is accessibility compliance, and latest developments in:
Web site design
Procurement
Human resources

WHY accessibility is important:
Federal and state legal and policy issues
Accessibility is good for business

HOW agencies and vendors can:
Comply with federal and state IT procurement regulations
Design and develop web sites that can be used by ALL Marylanders
Open new markets
Increase the success of public access projects (kiosks, etc.) and
minimize
costly retrofits
Improve productivity of workers with disabilities

Demonstrations and hands-on will include:
Accessible web sites
Screen readers, synthetic speech access
Braille displays and translation
Non-keyboard access
Text-to-speech telecommunication applications

Limited to 150 attendees
No cost for registration
Lunch included

For more information and to register call Betsy Zaborowski, NFB
(410) 659-9314
e-mail: drz@nfb.cncoffice.com
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