WEBCAST - AT508 National Town Meeting to Rescue Section
Internet TV Channel and leading assistive technology
portal AT508.com, an affiliate on the TVWorldwide.com
network, is offering a free live video webcast of the
National Town Meeting to Rescue Section 508, to be held
June 20, 2003 2:00 PM ET, on-line at www.AT508.com.
The event will highlight Section 508 of the National
Rehabilitation Act on its 2nd anniversary and feature
prominent expert panelists from the community of those
people with disabilities who will issue a “Federal
Agency Report Card on Section 508 Compliance”.
The panel will be led by world-renowned disability columnist
John Williams of AT508.com and Mike Paciello, President
Paciello Group (TPG), a leading international authority
on Internet and software accessibility. Other panelists
from industry and government will be announced shortly.
The meeting will be webcast with open captioning of
the streaming video, or “webcaptingsm”,
developed by TVWorldwide.com
to assist federal agency clients in complying with Section
508 Town Meeting Webcast Discussion Areas to be Addressed
Section 508 is the single most influential disability
mandate since ADA, perhaps of all time.
Administration is faltering in its support and enforcement
of Section 508 on behalf of its employees with disabilities,
subsequently industry support is waning.
time is NOW to take action to reposition Section
508 and enhance its value proposition.
Subject Matter Areas from Panelist Mike Paciello’s
of Section 508
give “teeth” and definition to the existing
To ensure accessibility of E&IT to Federal Employees
create THE model (State and Local Govt’s;
To Position accessibility as a competitive advantage
launch, awareness promotion
Strong commitment to enforcement and standard by agencies
including SSA, DoED, Agriculture, FCC, VA
Focused effort on Web Accessibility
Creation & support for organizations including
ITTATC, Accessibility Forum, & Interagency Software
Developers for 508, Buy Accessible
enforcement between agencies
mandates are difficult to take seriously, enforce
standard quality assurance, usability, and/or certification
existence of major inaccessible E&IT deployments
(Go-Learn; Key Web Sites)
ARCHIVE IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND WILL BE ARCHIVED FOR A YEAR