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please read and note:[Fwd: ADA Internet Hearing Set]

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 15:58:39 -0500
Message-ID: <3899EBFF.5C525945@clark.net>
To: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

-------- Original Message --------
 Subject: ADA Internet Hearing Set
    Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 14:30:08 -0600
    From: "Paul W. Schroeder" <pws@AFB.net>
Reply-To: telecom-l@trace.wisc.edu
      To: uaccess-l@trace.wisc.edu, telecom-l@trace.wisc.edu

Dear Colleagues:

Well, it's official. The ADA/Internet hearing is set, and the witness
lists look like they're set too. Please distirube this info as widely
as you can.

I encourage those in the DC area to attend. We need to show the
interest of the disability community in Internet access. I also
encourage our friends in the Internet industry to make it known that
Internet access is not burdensome to achieve.

Whatever your feelings might be about ADA applicability to the
Internet or INternet regulation in general, I think it would be
unfortunate and inaccurate if this hearing produced a feeling that
INternet access for people with disabilities is difficult, unimportant
or not practical. We now have two sets of recommended guidelines from
the W3 and a third well on its way. The foundation for access is
there, we just need to build on that and not let the "noise" that
might be generated from this hearing distract us from that.

Here are a few particulars on the hearing.


Oversight hearing on
"The Applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to
Internet Sites"

Date:     Wednesday, February 9, 2000
Time:     1:00 p.m.
Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building

Majority Witnesses:

Dennis Hayes, U.S. Internet Industry Association, and creator of the
Hayes modem.

Susan Conway, U.S. Internet Industry Association, Web Designer

Walter Olson, Manhattan Institute, Attorney

Elizabeth Domeny, the Federalist Society, Attorney

Glen Lipke, web designer

The Minority Witnesses are:

Judy Brewer, World Wide Web, Web Accessibility Initiative

Gary Wunder, NFB Misouri, blind user

Peter Blanck, Professor, Univ. of Iowa, College of Law, Attorney


Paul W. Schroeder
Director, National Technology Program
American Foundation for the Blind
Received on Thursday, 3 February 2000 15:59:10 UTC

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