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From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 09:05:55 -0500
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From: "Prof Norm Coombs" <nrcgsh@RITVAX.ISC.RIT.EDU>
Sent: December 20, 2000 2:21 PM
Subject: Webcast interview re section 508 regs released at last

Special webcast interview with Doug Wakefield of the Access Board
discussing the implications of the section 508 regulations on the
design of
web pages.  This webcast will be available late Thursday afternoon,
December 21 2000

The regulations for section 508 of the Rehab Act, released December
2000, requires the Federal government and its agencies to only procure
information technology and communications systems that are fully
to people with disabilities or which can readily be made accessible.
impact of these procurement regulations go far beyond the Federal
government.  Manufacturers who avoided modifying products to meet the
special needs of special consumers because they constituted a small
segment have a new motivation to make such alterations.  The
government is
a major market segment which few manufacturers can ignore.  While the
regulations does not place direct requirements on commercial
they will need to comply with the regulations unless they are willing
write off the government as a customer.  These regulations will
become a de facto standard that will have sweeping implications all

This discussion with Doug Wakefield will focus on how the regs impact
design.  Future webcasts will explore some of the other areas where
the law
is reducing barriers for people with disabilities.

Starting in January 2001, EASI will integrate the section 508
into its online Internet-delivered workshops: Barrier-free Web Design,
Barrier-free Information technology, Barrier-free Online Learning and
Global Business: Benefits of Designing Accessible and Usable
Electronic and
Information Technology.  Workshop information is at
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