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Cynthia D. Waddell, Executive Director of The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), to Speak at US GSA Accessibility Forum





ICDRI today announced that Cynthia D. Waddell, ICDRI’s Executive Director, is speaking at the Federal Section 508 Accessibility Forum on Monday, February 24, 2003.  Hosted by Apple in Cupertino, California, the USGSA Accessibility Forum has scheduled her presentation for the plenary session for broadcasting via Webcast at http://www.accessibilityforum.org.   As requested by the organizers, Ms. Waddell will be addressing Section 508 activities in the States.

“Section 508 has had an indirect impact on the States,” explained Ms. Waddell. “This will be an opportunity to introduce forum participants to the new Section 508 legislation in California that became effective last month.  States also want their citizens and employees with disabilities to benefit from the procurement of accessible electronic and information technology.” 

The Accessibility Forum began in May of 2001 as an ongoing collaboration among stakeholders affected by Section 508 including user, industry, government and other communities.  The Forum seeks to identify, prioritize and conduct projects that assist government in making informed decisions about Section 508 related procurements and allows government, industry, and users to communicate and highlight areas where further effort is needed.

A former ADA Compliance Officer for the City of San Jose, Cynthia Waddell is an expert in the accessible design of electronic and information technology.  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.  This press release follows news announced just last week that ICDRI had been retained by Sequoia Voting Systems to provide technical assistance in the design of their Edge based ADA voting machine solutions.

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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