FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind to Host 
Web Accessibility Training Day

Developers, Product Managers, and Others Invited

Baltimore, Maryland (August 25, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will present the second annual Web Accessibility Training Day on Monday, September 19, 2011.  The day-long event will present valuable information about creating accessible web content that complies with federal and state regulations.  It will feature both general sessions and breakout sessions on specific technical and policy topics.  Presenters include representatives from Adobe, eBay, Oracle, the Access Board, the USDA Target Center, and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Access to the information and services contained on the Internet is just as critical for those who are blind or have other disabilities as it is for our sighted colleagues and peers.  Barriers to accessibility are usually not the result of a deliberate intent to exclude us, but rather the result of a lack of knowledge about the proper tools and techniques to implement and evaluate accessibility.  Web Accessibility Training Day will present the business case for accessibility and make private companies, government entities, and others aware of simple and effective ways to make their services and information available to all Americans.”

Anne Taylor, director of access technology for the National Federation of the Blind, said: “This year’s Web Accessibility Training Day will be a terrific event.  We have assembled a panel of top technical and policy experts from across the country.  The sessions will give participants tools and techniques for tackling accessibility that they can implement immediately in their businesses and organizations.  We are also excited that exhibitors will be sharing resources and demonstrating accessible products and tools to evaluate and improve accessibility.”

For more information or to register, please contact Clara Van Gerven by e-mail at cvangerven@nfb.org, or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2410.