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webcast: ADA and the Web

From: Jim Allan <allanj@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 11:44:28 -0500
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I thought this would be of interest to the group.
from http://www.abletv.net/live-townmtg052500.asp


Should ADA Regs Apply to Internet Web Sites?  AbleTV.net Webcast Town
Meeting for the Disabled Featuring US Mint InformationTechnology  Chief
Robert Neff, Live from TVWorldwide.com Studios
Live Video Webcast with Closed-Captioned Streaming Airs Tonight, May 25,7:30
PM,EDT at http://www.abletv.net from TVWorldwide.com Studios in Reston, Va.
Hundreds Expected to Participate by Chat, E-mail and Phone

For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 25, 2000
Contact:        Dave Gardy                                   Jeff Pledger
TV Worldwide.com                      able@abletv.net
http://www.tvworldwide.com                 http://www.abletv.net
(703) 406-2031, (703) 786-3067    (301) 890-5944

Reston, Va. - AbleTV.net, the first web-based global TV network for the
disabled, and a network affiliate of TVWorldwide.com, announced today that
tonight’s monthly AbleTV,net Town Meeting Webcast would address the question
of ADA jurisdiction over internet web sites with the Chief of Information
Technology for the US Mint, Mr. Robert Neff. Tonight’s event, slated for
7:30 PM EDT, live, from the Internet TV studios of TVWorldwide.com is
sponsored by Microsoft Corp., and is another in a monthly series of
interactive AbleTV.net webcasts that attract extensive participation from
the disabled community worldwide.

“This is obviously a hot topic for all concerned, “ commented Jeff Pledger,
founder and President of AbleTV.net. “There are many issues affecting the
disabled involving accessibility on the Internet and we’re anxious to foster
communication on this as it relates to the ADA.”
In addition to Mr. Neff, the town meeting webcast will feature
representatives from Alderson Reporting who will be providing the text of
the event for the live AbleTV.net closed captioned video streaming.  “We’re
pleased to pioneer this closed-captioned streaming for a live event, just
like we’ve done for all our archived events, “ remarked Pledger. “Its an
example of how we employ accessibility technology for our own site.”

The show will be co-hosted by Pledger and Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of
TVWorldwide.com. “This will be a very interesting show, with diversity of
opinions on this subject,” commented Gardy. “Even Jeff and I don’t always
agree, primarily because I’m against regulation on the Internet. But then
Jeff is blind and I’m not. I agree that communication is the key.”
During this webcast, AbleTV.net will also announce that it has been selected
as the media Award Recipient for the Year 2000, by the Metro New York
Chapter of the National rehabilitation Association. The awards ceremony will
be held June 9 at the New York University spring conference for the

The webcast will be accessible at http://www.abletv.net , and interactive
through chat, e-mail and phone direct to the studio. The program will be
archived and closed-captioned for later viewing after the webcast at the
same event site link.

Jim Allan, Statewide Technical Support Specialist
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9453  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"Be BOLD and mighty forces will come to your aid." Basil King
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