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Award Presented to Cynthia Waddell, ICDRI Executive Director, by Government Technology for Leadership in Accessible Technology and For Pioneering Advocacy and Education





ICDRI is pleased to announce that during the inauguration of the Accessibility Symposium at GTC West 2003 in Sacramento, CA, Government Technology tapped Cynthia Waddell for her Leadership in Accessible Technology and For Pioneering Advocacy and Education.

This is the first time that such an award has been given by Government Technology magazine. Darby Patterson, Editor-in-Chief of Government Technology magazine, presented the award at the end of the symposium and was joined by a round of applause that echoed the convention room. GTC is the largest and most respected technology conference for State and local government and is attended by over 35,000 people a year.

The award and reception followed a full schedule featuring accessibility champions such as Dr. Catherine Campisi, State of California Department of Rehabilitation and Bud Rizer, Director of California State University Center on Disabilities.

Earlier in the day, IBM’s Shon Saliga gave an informative presentation on “Making the Business Case: Mainstreaming Accessible Technology and was followed by a Roundtable discussion on the topic of “Finding the Route: Basic Steps and Resources to Implement Section 508 Policies.” Participants included ICDRI, CIBER, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, as well as US General Service Administration Office of Government wide Policy and the Information Technology Technical Assistance & Training Center.

A public policy and technology expert, Cynthia Waddell is a former Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for the City of San Jose and an expert in rights-based legislation such as building construction, employment and the US Section 508 Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards. She leads ICDRI’s Accessibility Oversight Professional Consulting Services for government and private sector clients. This effort supports the mission of ICDRI to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.

ICDRI is a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC and San Jose, CA (http://www.icdri.org). ICDRI is committed to be on the cutting edge of global disability law, policy and technical standards for electronic and information technology.

For further information contact: 
Michael Burks, Public Information Officer
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet http://www.icdri.org 
3700 Bastion Lane, Suite 101,
Raleigh, NC 27604        
Telephone:  (919) 349-6661   




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