The newly formed Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting September 27 – 29 in the D.C. area. The Board created this committee in July to review and recommend changes to its standards for electronic and information technologies which were issued under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The committee will also review the Board’s guidelines for telecommunications products covered by section 255 of the Telecommunications Act.
The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Room II-555, 4201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. The meetings will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 on the 27th, 9:00 – 5:00 on the 28th, and 9:00 - 3:30 on the 29th. Persons wishing to attend must pre-register and follow NSF procedures, including its computer security policy. For more information, contact Tim Creagan at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), (202) 272-0016 (v), or (202) 272-0081 (TTY).
Further information about the advisory committee and its meeting is available on the 508 Update page. A notice published by the Board includes additional details about the meeting.
Committee Co-Chairs Named
The committee is comprised of 41 members representing industry, disability groups, standard-setting bodies in the U.S. and abroad, and government agencies, among others. Members were selected from applications received in response to a Board notice. The Board named committee members Mike Paciello, the Founder & Principal of the Paciello Group, and Jim Tobias, Principal of Inclusive Technologies, to serve as co-chairs of the committee. Paciello, an international authority on web accessibility and assistive technology, co-founded the Web Accessibility Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium. Tobias has over 25 years of experience in accessible technology, including as a technician at Berkeley's Center for Independent Living and as a rehabilitation engineer at Bell Labs and Bellcore.