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GSA Invites Federal and State Agencies To Learn About Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

GSA #9719

August 15, 2000
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov

Washington, DC - On behalf the Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is sponsoring procurement forums in nine cities over the next six months to help Federal and State procurement officials better understand how Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act will affect the procurement of electronic and information technology. Registration can be done on the Internet at the Section 508 website -- http://www.section508.gov .

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all Federal agencies ensure that their technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Each forum will address considerations in developing, procuring, maintaining and using electronic and information technology covered under section 508. Forums are scheduled in the following cities:

Austin, TX -- August 29 at the Hyatt Regency Austin
Seattle, WA -- September 13 at the Westin Seattle
Baltimore, MD -- September 28 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore
San Diego, CA -- October 13 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Boston, MA -- October 27 at the Radisson Hotel Boston
Atlanta, GA -- November 3 at the Holiday Inn Select
Washington, DC -- November 14 at the Marriott Metro Center
Denver, CO -- December 12 at the Adam's Mark Denver Hotel
Chicago, IL -- January 18 at the Regal Knickerbocker Hotel

The agenda for each forum is:
7:30-8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
8:15-9:00 Keynote Address
9:00-9:15 Introduction of Moderator and Panel
9:15-10:15 Meeting the Challenge of Section 508 - Panel
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Implementing Section 508 - Panel
11:30-12:00 Questions for Panel

The Federal IT Accessibility Initiative is an interagency partnership working to ensure the accessibility of federal electronic and information technology to individuals with disabilities. Section 508(b) of the Rehabilitation Act mandates GSA and the Access Board provide technical assistance to federal agencies concerning the requirements of section 508. In accordance with Congressional mandates, Section 508 will become effective six months after the Access Board publishes its final rule.

For more information, call Katherine Rhodes (202) 501-0009.