Release Date: 
Monday, September 22, 2008
Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind to Address Oracle Open World Conference

Mark Riccobono to Deliver Presentation with Oracle

Baltimore, Maryland (September 22, 2008): Mark Riccobono, executive director of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, will give a presentation on the importance of accessibility at the 2008 Oracle Open World Conference on September 25.  The annual Oracle Open World Conference is the world’s largest gathering of Oracle customers, partners, developers, and technology enthusiasts.  The conference will take place in San Francisco September 21–25.

“When we first became acquainted with Oracle, we were concerned because we found some of the applications to be inaccessible.  But Oracle shared our concerns and immediately assured us that they wanted to work together to solve any accessibility problems in their products.  By inviting us to present at their prestigious conference, Oracle’s commitment to accessibility is evident,” said Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

"We are honored to have Mark Riccobono share his expert knowledge on accessibility at the Open World conference. The conference offers a great opportunity for learning, collaborating, and connecting with experts and peers.  Oracle is committed to creating accessible technologies and products that enhance the overall workplace environment and contribute to the productivity of our employees, our customers, and our customers’ customers," said Peter Wallack, accessibility program director for Oracle.

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