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GSA Sponsors September 2001 Accessibility Forum

GSA # 9863

August 27, 2001
Contact: Eleni Martin, (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov


WASHINGTON - More than 80 representatives of industry, government, disability organizations, and the public will gather at the September 2001 Accessibility Forum to collaborate on Section 508 issues and to announce priority projects. The Accessibility Forum is sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration. It will be held at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, DC., on September 19-21.

The three-day forum will include presentations by the organization structure and project determination identification teams that were formed at the inaugural May 2001 meeting. Forum participants will meet in group and breakout sessions to discuss projects that will assist the government in making informed decisions about Section 508 related procurement and to formulate the direction of future forum activities and events.

Forum participants include representatives of electronic and information technology companies; assistive technology companies; advocacy groups; academic, research, and standards groups; and government procurement and information technology representatives. The forum staff consists of representatives from GSA, the Internal Revenue Service, Advanced Technology Institute, the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Arthur D. Little, and Accessible Solutions (CESSI).

Online registration is available at: http://accessibilityforum.org/meetings/Sept19-21/announcement.html or by phone at (843) 760-3491. Shuttle transportation is available to Gallaudet from Union Station.

Additional information can also be received by contacting Rosemary Gibert at (202) 219-1364.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency that acquires office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services for the federal government. The agency was created by Congress to increase government efficiency and help other federal agencies better serve the public.

GSA, comprised of 14,000 associates, provides facilities, services and solutions for office operations for 1 million federal employees located in 8,300 government-owned and leased buildings in 1,600 U.S. communities.