August 18, 2011

The U.S. Access Board  and the Chief Information Officers Council will conduct an online listening  session, with a dial-in option, on ways to improve access to information  technology in the federal sector for people with disabilities on September 8  from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This forum will provide an opportunity for members of  the public to suggest steps the federal government can take to improve its acquisition  and implementation of accessible technology under Section 508 of the  Rehabilitation Act.  Information is also sought on emerging technologies  that may pose barriers to access.  People with disabilities, advocates,  technology companies, government employees and other interested parties are  invited to participate.

Participants can attend by logging onto the  webinar, which will be captioned, or by calling in according to the instructions posted on the Board’s website. Advance registration is not required.

This session is the last in a series held  over the past year as part of an administration initiative to improve the  access to government information.  Under this effort, the Board and the CIO Council, along with the Chief Acquisition Officers Council and the General  Services Administration, have organized these listening sessions to engage with  citizens, federal employees, and other stakeholders and to collect their  comments, ideas, and recommendations.  Previous sessions took place in Chicago (September), Washington D.C. (December), San Diego (March), and  Silicon Valley (June).

A published notice provides additional details and  background information on the session.  For further information, contact Tim  Creagan of the Access Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-272-0016 (voice), or 202-272-0074 (TTY).