Nist Co-Sponsors It Accessibility 2001 Conference – National Institute of Standards and Technology, information technology

Nist Co-Sponsors It Accessibility 2001 Conference – National Institute of Standards and Technology, information technology – Brief Article

NIST, along with with a private company and the Information Technology Association of America, co-sponsored the IT Accessibility 2001 Conference in May 2001, at NIST. The conference drew attendees from industry, federal and state government, advocacy groups, accessibility centers, and academia.

Speakers included accessibility experts, IT developers, research and standards experts, representatives from accessibility centers, and federal and state agencies. Presentations focused on current and future strategies for creating an environment with easy accessibility to information technology by people with disabilities. Government representatives for the U.S. Access Board, GSA, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education addressed the federal Section 508 regulations requiring accessibility of IT by government agencies. Several web developers presented their experiences in designing accessible websites.

Exhibits and demonstrations supplemented the speaker program and helped provide attendees with an overview of available IT accessibility products and services. Exhibits covered a wide range of information appliances and services, including an accessible electronic voting machine, computer screen readers (which use speech synthesizers to “read” text and descriptions on a web page for visually impaired persons), and the NIST rotating Braille reader. A demonstration of near real-time closed-captioning of the webcasting of the presentations was provided and shown via webcast on a TV monitor in the conference auditorium.

The webcast of the conference are available at http://www.nist.gov/ITaccess2001.

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