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From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 13:44:32 -0500
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I clipped this out of the

[ittatc-news] ITTATC Newsletter January 2003


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has recognized the Maryland

Department of General Services (DGS) as the first state agency in the nation

to receive NFB's "Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification"

December 9, 2002


Dr. Marc Maurer, NFB President, praised DGS and Secretary Peta N. Richkus

for "anticipating the accessibility needs of all blind people working in

occupations where they will be doing business with the State." Maurer

presented Secretary Richkus with the NFB's Accessibility Leadership Award in

recognition of what he called "her exemplary commitment to information

access for blind Marylanders."

"DGS is proud to be the first State agency in the nation to win NFB

certification," said Secretary Richkus. "This certification shows DGS stands

behind blind Marylanders' - in fact, blind Americans' - right to full and

active participation on the Internet. We will continue to use information

technology to make government services available to all our citizens 24/7."

The NFB certification program certifies Web sites and applications as

accessible to blind people when using talking screen access technology.

Certification indicates that the site meets technical specifications of

accessibility and allows blind users to perform all functions on the site.

More importantly, certifications means usability of the site by the blind is

equivalent to usability by the sighted.

For more information about the Certification program



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