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RE: Section 508

From: Asif <asif@studynook.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 06:53:06 -0400
To: <Cynthia.Waddell@psinetcs.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cynthia's point is very well taken and definitely an oversight on my part.
It actually helped when Denise Wood and John introduced the inevitable
global nature of web sites and thus its ramifications. I had not thought
about that. In respect for others I will contact Cynthia directly and if
anyone wishes to continue this discussion "off-list" please feel free to
contact me. I will make all comments generated to anyone that wishes to
receive them. One last comment, I believe our University is truly trying to
comply (and that was probably why they asked my to address the issue to the
Univ. faculty / staff last week) and I don't believe is  trying to ignore
the "rules", however, there just may be confusion by some at the Univ.  in
interpreting the "rules". Regardless, as some have indicated an accessible
site created in the first place avoids any such confusion. Thank you all for
your help and insight. I look forward to a private discussion.

Asif Daya.

[AD]  -----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Cynthia Waddell
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 5:00 PM
To: asif@studynook.com; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Section 508

  Dear Professor Daya:
  Since the W3C list is an international list and many members would not
appreciate a legal discussion on how Section 508 indirectly impacts American
State Universities, please feel free to email me off list as this is a legal
question.  However, for those who have commented that Section 508 applies
only to federal agencies, I must say that this is not true.  An
understanding of U.S. disability rights law and how other federal and state
laws cause Section 508 to be applicable is a discussion that will need to be
held off-list.

  Best regards,
  Cynthia Waddell
  Cynthia D. Waddell, JD
  Sr. Consultant
  Accessibility Subject Matter Expert
  Accessibility Center of Excellence
  (800)547-5602 or Fax (919)783-6852

  ACE Offices are located at San Jose, CA, Sacramento, CA and Raleigh, NC

  San Jose Office:
  PO BOX 5456
  San Jose, California USA 95150-5456

    -----Original Message-----
    From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Asif
    Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 4:08 PM
    To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
    Subject: Section 508

    I work at a State University. We had a discussion today whereby our IT
dept. said that Sec. 508 does not apply to faculty creating web based class
notes. They felt it only applied to a researcher that received a federal
grant. I have always thought that all State Institutions were obligated by
now to comply (since they are inevitably tied to federal resources), "unless
they could prove undue burden"

    Would appreciate any info and references.
    Thank you.

    Asif Daya
    Assistant Professor
    College of Health Professions
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    (941) 590-7535
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