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Hello,
 
The article I am forwarding to  you has significance to people  interested in 
learning the status of the implementation of section 508. If you  want to see 
the interview on the announcement then visit 
_http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/dhs/041006/_ (http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/dhs/041006/) .
 
If you do not wish to receive future announcements from me please let me  
know.
 
 
John Williams 

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FYI- Also see Department of  Homeland Security's Press Release, below. 
Thanks,  Dave 




 
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Press Release Source: TV Worldwide 
Homeland Security CIO, Civil Rights Chief to Discuss New  DHS Section 508 
Initiative in Free TV Worldwide Webcast on October  7
Thursday October 7, 7:35 am ET 
Assistive Technology Internet TV Channel AT508.com to Make  Live-to-Tape 
Webcast Announcement Available Today at 10 AM ET  
CHANTILLY, VA--(MARKET WIRE)--Oct 7, 2004 --  TVWorldwide.com, a fast-growing 
web-based global TV network, announced  that its AT508.com TV channel for the 
community of people with  disabilities (_www.at508.com_ 
(http://www.at508.com/) ) and its HomelandDefenseTV  channel (_www.homelanddefensetv.com_ 
(http://www.homelanddefensetv.com/) )  will provide free access to live-to-tape 
Internet press conference webcast  by Department of Homeland Security Chief 
Information Officer, Steve  Cooper, and Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 
Daniel  Sutherland. Mr. Cooper and Mr. Sutherland will announce the details of 
a  new Department of Homeland Security initiative involving Section 508 of  
the Rehabilitation Act. The initiative will establish a Program Office  within 
the Department of Homeland Security to ensure DHS's compliance with  Section 
508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The press conference webcast  archive will be 
made available at 10AM ET, today, Thursday, October 7,  2004.  
"As a long-time developer of streaming media content for the community  of 
people with disabilities, we are excited about producing a webcast on  this new 
DHS Section 508 initiative," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and  CEO of TV 
Worldwide. "We are honored to be able to host Mr. Cooper and Mr.  Sutherland, two 
senior leaders from the Department of Homeland Security,  to make this 
important announcement."  
The webcast of the event will be available at 10 AM today, Thursday,  October 
7 and archived in fully accessible format using the captioned  video 
streaming of TVWorldwide.com's "webcapting"(SM) process. The event  will be simulcast 
on AT508.com (_www.at508.com_ (http://www.at508.com/) ), TV Worldwide's 
Internet  TV channel for the community of people with disabilities with emphasis on  
assistive technology. TV Worldwide's well trafficked HomelandDefenseTV  
channel (_www.homelanddefensetv.com_ (http://www.homelanddefensetv.com/) )  will 
also webcast the event in fully accessible format.  
To view the webcast, participants should have the latest version of  Windows 
Media Player. The webcast will be made available as an archived  file and will 
be hosted for one full year at HomelandDefenseTV.com and at  AT508.com.  
Other DHS disability related initiatives archived webcast programs  include 
an August 31 webcast with Mr. Sutherland concerning President  Bush's Executive 
Order intended to increase the safety of persons with  disabilities during 
emergency situations, a March 10 announcement by Mr.  Sutherland about increased 
job opportunities for persons with disabilities  within the Department of 
Homeland Security and an April 30 panel  discussion on meeting on the needs of 
the disabled in emergency situations  and strategies for protecting such 
individuals -- including the  establishment of a curriculum to train first 
responders. All of these  programs are also available on the websites as archived 
programming.  
Bio-Chief Information Officer: Steven I. Cooper  
Mr. Cooper was appointed by President Bush to be the first CIO of the  
Department of Homeland Security in February, 2003. He and his team have  
responsibility for the information technology assets supporting 190,000  federal 
employees of the 22 agencies now comprising the new department.  They will also 
continue efforts focused on integrating new and existing  sources of essential 
homeland security information via proven and emerging  technologies and in full 
compliance with our broader values of privacy,  civil liberties, and openness.  
Mr. Cooper was appointed in March 2002 as a Special Assistant to the  
President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for  Information 
Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In  this role, Mr. 
Cooper launched the development of the National Enterprise  Architecture for 
Homeland Security to address information integration  within the federal government 
and the sharing of homeland security  information with state, local, and 
relevant private sector entities. He  fostered partnerships with state and local 
government and the private  sector to assist federal, state, and local 
initiatives focused on the  sharing of law enforcement, public health, and emergency 
services  information. With James Flyzik, Senior Advisor to the Homeland 
Security  Director and former CIO of the Treasury Department, he provided the input  
for Information Sharing and Systems to the National Strategy for Homeland  
Security.  
Prior to federal government service, Mr. Cooper spent more than twenty  years 
in the private sector as an Information Technology professional,  most 
recently as CIO, Corporate Staffs, and Executive Director, Strategic  Information 
Delivery, for Corning, Inc. in Corning, NY. Previously, he  served as Director, 
Information Technology for Eli Lilly & Company in  Indianapolis, IN. Mr. 
Cooper held several senior level technical and  management positions with CSC, 
MAXIMA, and CACI prior to forming his own  consulting organization, Strategic 
Information Concepts.  
His primary areas of expertise lie in Information Integration,  Strategic 
Information Delivery, Information Technology Architecture,  Enterprise 
Application Integration, Application Development, Information  Technology Metrics and 
Value Assessment, and Process Architecture and  Reengineering.  
Mr. Cooper holds a BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, and has  held 
professional certification as a Certified Computer Professional (CCP)  from the 
Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP).  He also 
served in the Naval Air Reserve during the Vietnam conflict. He  has been married 
for thirty years, and his wife, Suzanne, and he have four  daughters.  
Bio-Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Daniel W. Sutherland  
On April 16, 2003, President Bush appointed Daniel W. Sutherland to be  the 
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of  
Homeland Security. This position was created by Section 705 of the  Homeland Security 
Act of 2002. In this position, Mr. Sutherland will  provide legal and policy 
advice to the Secretary and the senior officers  of the Department on a full 
range of civil rights and civil liberties  issues. He will also work closely 
with the civil rights offices and the  equal employment opportunity offices of 
the agencies being merged into the  Department.  
Mr. Sutherland has been a civil rights attorney throughout his legal  career, 
serving fourteen years with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.  Department 
of Justice and nearly two years with the Office for Civil  Rights at the U.S. 
Department of Education. Mr. Sutherland also served as  the first Executive 
Director of the Brown v. Board of Education 50th  Anniversary Commission, which 
is coordinating a major national effort to  commemorate this landmark Supreme 
Court decision. He has co-authored  Religion in the Workplace, a book 
published in 1998 by the American Bar  Association, and he has served at the White 
House, with the Domestic  Policy Council, and at the Bush-Cheney Transition 
headquarters.  
Mr. Sutherland has handled a number of important civil rights lawsuits.  His 
experience has been primarily in the areas of discrimination against  
immigrants and discrimination against people with disabilities. His  litigation 
includes cases alleging discrimination by a large urban police  department in its 
dealings with people who are deaf; allegations that a  licensing authority would 
not adequately accommodate test-takers who are  blind; and, allegations of 
discrimination against refugees from Vietnam  and the former Soviet Union. Mr. 
Sutherland has handled a number of cases  dealing with the intersection of 
civil rights laws and athletics,  including handling the case of the first 
baseball player who defected from  the Cuban national baseball team, a 
widely-publicized lawsuit against the  National Collegiate Athletic Association on behalf of 
student-athletes  with dyslexia, and the Casey Martin case which reached U.S. 
Supreme Court.   
At the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Sutherland provided legal and  
policy advice on issues such as racial preferences in postsecondary  education, the 
development of race-neutral approaches to diversity,  disability law and the 
harassment of Arab-Americans. He also served as the  Chief of Staff, helping 
to manage the operations of one of the largest  civil rights offices in the 
federal government.  
Mr. Sutherland is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of  Law and 
the University of Louisville.  
About AT508.com  
TVWorldwide's AT508.com Internet TV channel was launched in October  2002 at 
the World Congress on Disabilities in Orlando, Florida, featuring  
world-renowned disability columnist John Williams covering the latest in  assistive 
technology and Section 508 news and since then has webcast the  TASH, ATIA, CSUN 
and CEC events for the community of people with  disabilities. AT508.com 
features articles and videos on the latest in  assistive technology products, 
services and issues. During industry trade  shows, AT508.com highlights keynotes, 
presentations and interviews with  exhibitors and speakers. AT508.com events are 
webcast live and archived in  fully accessible format using the captioned 
video streaming of  TVWorldwide.com's "webcapting"(SM) process. AT508.com sponsors 
include The  Paciello Group, HP, textHELP!, Kurzweil Educational Systems, 
Corda, Deque,  Audio Eye, Sighted Electronics Freedom Vision, the Council for 
Exceptional  Children and Vcom3D.  
About HomelandDefenseTV.com  
Homeland Defense TV provides informational programming and e-learning  
opportunities on homeland defense topics for government and corporate  security 
personnel, first responders and interested citizens. The programs  of 
homelanddefenseTV.com, a venue for interactive streaming media  e-learning courses, 
seminars, conferences and meetings, are sponsored by  the University of Findlay 
School of Environmental and Emergency Management  (SEEM), Homeland Defense Journal 
and Homeland Defense Radio. In addition  to streaming video and audio, the 
site features relevant printed material  and links to sites that provide 
additional information.  HomelanddefenseTV.com is a content-rich, comprehensive 
source of knowledge  about homeland defense, safety and security or emergency 
preparedness and  response  
About TV Worldwide  
As a leading global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company,  TV 
Worldwide (_www.tvworldwide.com_ (http://www.tvworldwide.com/) ) is developing  
a network of video channels that is an affiliation of community-based  
Internet television stations, each underwritten by a strategic partner,  
"aimcasting"(SM) to targeted demographic audiences worldwide.  TVWorldwide.com works with 
strategic partners to develop the latest in  live and archived state-of-the 
art video streaming content applications.  TVWorldwide.com was recently named 
one of the streaming video industry's  "Hottest Streaming Companies" by 
Streaming Magazine, _www.streamingmagazine.com_ (http://www.streamingmagazine.com/) ,  
and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most  
Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy currently serves as the  president 
of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).  


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Press  Release                             
October 7, 2004 
Contact Press Office: 202-282-8010 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO  CREATE 508 COMPLIANCE OFFICE 
FOR ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION  TECHNOLOGY 
(Washington, DC) Oct. 7, 2004 - The Department of Homeland  Security today 
announced that it will create a state-of-the-art program to  ensure that 
electronic and information technology is accessible for employees  and consumers with 
disabilities.   
Steve Cooper, the Department’s Chief Information  Officer, and Daniel 
Sutherland, the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil  Liberties, made the announcement 
on _www.AT508.com_ (http://www.at508.com/) , a website that features news of  
interest to the disability community.  Cooper and Sutherland will oversee a  
program to ensure compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.   The 
new office will be a part of the senior leadership of the Office of the  Chief 
Information Officer, as well as having a reporting relationship to the  
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Two positions to staff the  new 
office, including the Program Manager, were posted today on the USAJOBS  website.   
“Making electronic and information technology  accessible for people with 
disabilities is a good business management strategy,”  Chief Information Officer 
Steve Cooper said. “Complying with Section 508 ensures  our information 
technology will be more capable of responding to technology  changes in future 
years.  A strong accessibility program results in more  flexibility, more 
portability, better designs and better  websites.” 
“This joint project further fulfills Secretary Ridge’s  commitment that 
Homeland Security will be a model federal agency, and  particularly with regard to 
how this new agency relates to people with  disabilities,” Civil Rights and 
Civil Liberties Officer Daniel Sutherland said.  “The senior leadership of DHS 
looks outside the box in our efforts to create an  agency that will meet the 
challenge given to us by President Bush and meets the  expectations of the 
American public.”  
Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that the  electronic and 
information technology (EIT) that they develop, procure, maintain  and use is 
accessible to their employees and consumers with disabilities.   Section 508 was 
enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make  new 
opportunities available for people with disabilities, and to encourage the  development 
of technologies that will help achieve these  goals. 
Previously, the Secretary has put in place aggressive  efforts to promote 
employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has  placed a priority on 
integrating people with disabilities into the emergency  preparedness effort, 
and has directed the Transportation Security  Administration’s innovative 
program for screening travelers with  disabilities.  The Secretary is also 
committed to providing access to the  _www.dhs.gov_ (http://www.dhs.gov/)  web page  
for all individuals with disabilities. 

### 


 
Dave Gardy
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TVWorldwide.com
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Hello,
 
The article I am forwarding to  you has significance to people  interested in 
learning the status of the implementation of section 508. If you  want to see 
the interview on the announcement then visit 
_http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/dhs/041006/_ (http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/dhs/041006/) .
 
If you do not wish to receive future announcements from me please let me  
know.
 
 
John Williams 

-----------------
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AT508.com about Section 508   Date: 10/7/2004 12:08:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time  
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FYI- Also see Department of  Homeland Security's Press Release, below. 
Thanks,  Dave 




 
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Press Release Source: TV Worldwide 
Homeland Security CIO, Civil Rights Chief to Discuss New  DHS Section 508 
Initiative in Free TV Worldwide Webcast on October  7
Thursday October 7, 7:35 am ET 
Assistive Technology Internet TV Channel AT508.com to Make  Live-to-Tape 
Webcast Announcement Available Today at 10 AM ET  
CHANTILLY, VA--(MARKET WIRE)--Oct 7, 2004 --  TVWorldwide.com, a fast-growing 
web-based global TV network, announced  that its AT508.com TV channel for the 
community of people with  disabilities (_www.at508.com_ 
(http://www.at508.com/) ) and its HomelandDefenseTV  channel (_www.homelanddefensetv.com_ 
(http://www.homelanddefensetv.com/) )  will provide free access to live-to-tape 
Internet press conference webcast  by Department of Homeland Security Chief 
Information Officer, Steve  Cooper, and Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 
Daniel  Sutherland. Mr. Cooper and Mr. Sutherland will announce the details of 
a  new Department of Homeland Security initiative involving Section 508 of  
the Rehabilitation Act. The initiative will establish a Program Office  within 
the Department of Homeland Security to ensure DHS's compliance with  Section 
508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The press conference webcast  archive will be 
made available at 10AM ET, today, Thursday, October 7,  2004.  
"As a long-time developer of streaming media content for the community  of 
people with disabilities, we are excited about producing a webcast on  this new 
DHS Section 508 initiative," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and  CEO of TV 
Worldwide. "We are honored to be able to host Mr. Cooper and Mr.  Sutherland, two 
senior leaders from the Department of Homeland Security,  to make this 
important announcement."  
The webcast of the event will be available at 10 AM today, Thursday,  October 
7 and archived in fully accessible format using the captioned  video 
streaming of TVWorldwide.com's "webcapting"(SM) process. The event  will be simulcast 
on AT508.com (_www.at508.com_ (http://www.at508.com/) ), TV Worldwide's 
Internet  TV channel for the community of people with disabilities with emphasis on  
assistive technology. TV Worldwide's well trafficked HomelandDefenseTV  
channel (_www.homelanddefensetv.com_ (http://www.homelanddefensetv.com/) )  will 
also webcast the event in fully accessible format.  
To view the webcast, participants should have the latest version of  Windows 
Media Player. The webcast will be made available as an archived  file and will 
be hosted for one full year at HomelandDefenseTV.com and at  AT508.com.  
Other DHS disability related initiatives archived webcast programs  include 
an August 31 webcast with Mr. Sutherland concerning President  Bush's Executive 
Order intended to increase the safety of persons with  disabilities during 
emergency situations, a March 10 announcement by Mr.  Sutherland about increased 
job opportunities for persons with disabilities  within the Department of 
Homeland Security and an April 30 panel  discussion on meeting on the needs of 
the disabled in emergency situations  and strategies for protecting such 
individuals -- including the  establishment of a curriculum to train first 
responders. All of these  programs are also available on the websites as archived 
programming.  
Bio-Chief Information Officer: Steven I. Cooper  
Mr. Cooper was appointed by President Bush to be the first CIO of the  
Department of Homeland Security in February, 2003. He and his team have  
responsibility for the information technology assets supporting 190,000  federal 
employees of the 22 agencies now comprising the new department.  They will also 
continue efforts focused on integrating new and existing  sources of essential 
homeland security information via proven and emerging  technologies and in full 
compliance with our broader values of privacy,  civil liberties, and openness.  
Mr. Cooper was appointed in March 2002 as a Special Assistant to the  
President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for  Information 
Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In  this role, Mr. 
Cooper launched the development of the National Enterprise  Architecture for 
Homeland Security to address information integration  within the federal government 
and the sharing of homeland security  information with state, local, and 
relevant private sector entities. He  fostered partnerships with state and local 
government and the private  sector to assist federal, state, and local 
initiatives focused on the  sharing of law enforcement, public health, and emergency 
services  information. With James Flyzik, Senior Advisor to the Homeland 
Security  Director and former CIO of the Treasury Department, he provided the input  
for Information Sharing and Systems to the National Strategy for Homeland  
Security.  
Prior to federal government service, Mr. Cooper spent more than twenty  years 
in the private sector as an Information Technology professional,  most 
recently as CIO, Corporate Staffs, and Executive Director, Strategic  Information 
Delivery, for Corning, Inc. in Corning, NY. Previously, he  served as Director, 
Information Technology for Eli Lilly & Company in  Indianapolis, IN. Mr. 
Cooper held several senior level technical and  management positions with CSC, 
MAXIMA, and CACI prior to forming his own  consulting organization, Strategic 
Information Concepts.  
His primary areas of expertise lie in Information Integration,  Strategic 
Information Delivery, Information Technology Architecture,  Enterprise 
Application Integration, Application Development, Information  Technology Metrics and 
Value Assessment, and Process Architecture and  Reengineering.  
Mr. Cooper holds a BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, and has  held 
professional certification as a Certified Computer Professional (CCP)  from the 
Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP).  He also 
served in the Naval Air Reserve during the Vietnam conflict. He  has been married 
for thirty years, and his wife, Suzanne, and he have four  daughters.  
Bio-Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Daniel W. Sutherland  
On April 16, 2003, President Bush appointed Daniel W. Sutherland to be  the 
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of  
Homeland Security. This position was created by Section 705 of the  Homeland Security 
Act of 2002. In this position, Mr. Sutherland will  provide legal and policy 
advice to the Secretary and the senior officers  of the Department on a full 
range of civil rights and civil liberties  issues. He will also work closely 
with the civil rights offices and the  equal employment opportunity offices of 
the agencies being merged into the  Department.  
Mr. Sutherland has been a civil rights attorney throughout his legal  career, 
serving fourteen years with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.  Department 
of Justice and nearly two years with the Office for Civil  Rights at the U.S. 
Department of Education. Mr. Sutherland also served as  the first Executive 
Director of the Brown v. Board of Education 50th  Anniversary Commission, which 
is coordinating a major national effort to  commemorate this landmark Supreme 
Court decision. He has co-authored  Religion in the Workplace, a book 
published in 1998 by the American Bar  Association, and he has served at the White 
House, with the Domestic  Policy Council, and at the Bush-Cheney Transition 
headquarters.  
Mr. Sutherland has handled a number of important civil rights lawsuits.  His 
experience has been primarily in the areas of discrimination against  
immigrants and discrimination against people with disabilities. His  litigation 
includes cases alleging discrimination by a large urban police  department in its 
dealings with people who are deaf; allegations that a  licensing authority would 
not adequately accommodate test-takers who are  blind; and, allegations of 
discrimination against refugees from Vietnam  and the former Soviet Union. Mr. 
Sutherland has handled a number of cases  dealing with the intersection of 
civil rights laws and athletics,  including handling the case of the first 
baseball player who defected from  the Cuban national baseball team, a 
widely-publicized lawsuit against the  National Collegiate Athletic Association on behalf of 
student-athletes  with dyslexia, and the Casey Martin case which reached U.S. 
Supreme Court.   
At the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Sutherland provided legal and  
policy advice on issues such as racial preferences in postsecondary  education, the 
development of race-neutral approaches to diversity,  disability law and the 
harassment of Arab-Americans. He also served as the  Chief of Staff, helping 
to manage the operations of one of the largest  civil rights offices in the 
federal government.  
Mr. Sutherland is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of  Law and 
the University of Louisville.  
About AT508.com  
TVWorldwide's AT508.com Internet TV channel was launched in October  2002 at 
the World Congress on Disabilities in Orlando, Florida, featuring  
world-renowned disability columnist John Williams covering the latest in  assistive 
technology and Section 508 news and since then has webcast the  TASH, ATIA, CSUN 
and CEC events for the community of people with  disabilities. AT508.com 
features articles and videos on the latest in  assistive technology products, 
services and issues. During industry trade  shows, AT508.com highlights keynotes, 
presentations and interviews with  exhibitors and speakers. AT508.com events are 
webcast live and archived in  fully accessible format using the captioned 
video streaming of  TVWorldwide.com's "webcapting"(SM) process. AT508.com sponsors 
include The  Paciello Group, HP, textHELP!, Kurzweil Educational Systems, 
Corda, Deque,  Audio Eye, Sighted Electronics Freedom Vision, the Council for 
Exceptional  Children and Vcom3D.  
About HomelandDefenseTV.com  
Homeland Defense TV provides informational programming and e-learning  
opportunities on homeland defense topics for government and corporate  security 
personnel, first responders and interested citizens. The programs  of 
homelanddefenseTV.com, a venue for interactive streaming media  e-learning courses, 
seminars, conferences and meetings, are sponsored by  the University of Findlay 
School of Environmental and Emergency Management  (SEEM), Homeland Defense Journal 
and Homeland Defense Radio. In addition  to streaming video and audio, the 
site features relevant printed material  and links to sites that provide 
additional information.  HomelanddefenseTV.com is a content-rich, comprehensive 
source of knowledge  about homeland defense, safety and security or emergency 
preparedness and  response  
About TV Worldwide  
As a leading global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company,  TV 
Worldwide (_www.tvworldwide.com_ (http://www.tvworldwide.com/) ) is developing  
a network of video channels that is an affiliation of community-based  
Internet television stations, each underwritten by a strategic partner,  
"aimcasting"(SM) to targeted demographic audiences worldwide.  TVWorldwide.com works with 
strategic partners to develop the latest in  live and archived state-of-the 
art video streaming content applications.  TVWorldwide.com was recently named 
one of the streaming video industry's  "Hottest Streaming Companies" by 
Streaming Magazine, _www.streamingmagazine.com_ (http://www.streamingmagazine.com/) ,  
and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most  
Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy currently serves as the  president 
of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).  


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Press  Release                             
October 7, 2004 
Contact Press Office: 202-282-8010 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO  CREATE 508 COMPLIANCE OFFICE 
FOR ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION  TECHNOLOGY 
(Washington, DC) Oct. 7, 2004 - The Department of Homeland  Security today 
announced that it will create a state-of-the-art program to  ensure that 
electronic and information technology is accessible for employees  and consumers with 
disabilities.   
Steve Cooper, the Department’s Chief Information  Officer, and Daniel 
Sutherland, the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil  Liberties, made the announcement 
on _www.AT508.com_ (http://www.at508.com/) , a website that features news of  
interest to the disability community.  Cooper and Sutherland will oversee a  
program to ensure compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.   The 
new office will be a part of the senior leadership of the Office of the  Chief 
Information Officer, as well as having a reporting relationship to the  
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Two positions to staff the  new 
office, including the Program Manager, were posted today on the USAJOBS  website.   
“Making electronic and information technology  accessible for people with 
disabilities is a good business management strategy,”  Chief Information Officer 
Steve Cooper said. “Complying with Section 508 ensures  our information 
technology will be more capable of responding to technology  changes in future 
years.  A strong accessibility program results in more  flexibility, more 
portability, better designs and better  websites.” 
“This joint project further fulfills Secretary Ridge’s  commitment that 
Homeland Security will be a model federal agency, and  particularly with regard to 
how this new agency relates to people with  disabilities,” Civil Rights and 
Civil Liberties Officer Daniel Sutherland said.  “The senior leadership of DHS 
looks outside the box in our efforts to create an  agency that will meet the 
challenge given to us by President Bush and meets the  expectations of the 
American public.”  
Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that the  electronic and 
information technology (EIT) that they develop, procure, maintain  and use is 
accessible to their employees and consumers with disabilities.   Section 508 was 
enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make  new 
opportunities available for people with disabilities, and to encourage the  development 
of technologies that will help achieve these  goals. 
Previously, the Secretary has put in place aggressive  efforts to promote 
employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has  placed a priority on 
integrating people with disabilities into the emergency  preparedness effort, 
and has directed the Transportation Security  Administration’s innovative 
program for screening travelers with  disabilities.  The Secretary is also 
committed to providing access to the  _www.dhs.gov_ (http://www.dhs.gov/)  web page  
for all individuals with disabilities. 

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