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**Special All Day Seminar!**
Saturday, October 6, 2001
registration and payment required: 301-762-9372
Speaker: Walter Houser, Webmaster for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Co-Chair, Federal Webmasters Working Group, Federal CIO Council
Is your Web site ready to serve the disabled? Those razzle-dazzle graphics and image maps that so appeal to the sighted can be burdensome to the disabled. A webmaster's appetite for rich eye candy needs to be tempered with low-calorie HTML code.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by Public Law 106-246, requires that federal agencies and their contractors provide equivalent access to members of the public and federal employees with disabilities. Government departments and agencies face legal sanctions if their Web sites are inaccessible to users with disabilities.
The Department of Justice has warned federal webmasters that the public and employees with disabilities may file administrative complaints with agencies they believe to be in violation of section 508 or may file private lawsuits in federal district court.
The deadline for compliance was June 21, 2001.
This presentation will cover the Access Board's section 508 Web accessibility provisions, 36 C.F.R. pt. 1194.22, found at www.access-board.gov, and the technical methods for implementing them. Attendees will get up-to-date information on how best to comply with the law. Mr. Houser will also cover commercial and noncommercial tools, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of these software tools in meeting the section 508 challenge. There will be live demos of the newest of these tools for developing accessible Web sites.
This seminar will cover the material presented in the June 16, 2001, seminar on the same topic, updated to reflect what's happened since the date for section 508 compliance has passed, and what has been learned.
"An excellent compilation of information to help webmasters create Web sites that meet section 508 requirements. Readers, tools, resources, access rules, standards, barriers, and other information is outlined in a format that can prove to be helpful to you in making changes to your agency's Web site."
--Vic Powell, USDA Webmaster
--Rich Kellett, GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy
--Carl Alvers, Webmaster, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Speaker: Our speaker, Walter Houser, has spearheaded section 508 compliance as webmaster for the Department of Veterans Affairs and co-chair of the Federal Webmasters Working Group of the Federal CIO Council. He developed a hands-on training class for federal webmasters to achieve implementation of section 508 compliant Web pages. Walter is also a columnist for Government Computer News and has written on section 508 and numerous other concerns of federal IT managers. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
9:30 am Check-in
10:00 am Welcome
10:05 am Morning Session: Legislation and Theory
12:30 pm Lunch Break: Pizza!
1:30 pm Afternoon Session: Tools and Practice
3:55 pm Closing announcements
4:00 pm Informal queries, conversation, networking
There will be a short break during the morning and the afternoon sessions.
Saturday, October 6, 2001, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Check-in: 9:30 am)
National Cancer Institute
3rd floor conference room
6116 Executive Boulevard
Map--off-campus; building 15 on the map
Parking: Free. Use lot at side of building
Door will be locked--those on the registration list will be admitted by a doorkeeper between 9:30 and 10:00 am.
Registration and Materials Fee:
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