North Carolina State Technology Leaders Announce
Electronic Accessibility Recommendations for Persons with Disabilities
The Press Release below announces the Electronic Electronic Accessibility Recommendations
for Persons with Disabilities for the state of North Carolina. Three
members of the ICDRI Advisory Board were directly or indirectly involved with this
initiative. Two of the board members, Allison Bowen and Michael Burks are
mentioned on: http://irmc.state.nc.us/access/memlist.htm
and the third Cynthia Waddell, is listed on: http://irmc.state.nc.us/access/links.htm
ICDRI congratulates the state of North Carolina for completing this important
task and wishes them good luck in the future.
News Coverage of the Event:
James B. Hunt Jr.,
Katie G. Dorsett, Secretary
Department of Administration
Release: IMMEDIATELY Date: August 24, 2000
STATE TECHNOLOGY LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE ELECTRONIC ACCESSIBILITY
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
EVENT: State Information Resource Management Commission (IRMC)
Accessible Technology for Persons with Disabilities Press Conference
DATE: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, 10 a.m.
PLACE: Governor's Press Conference Room -- Administration Building, 1st
116 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, N.C.
PARTICIPANTS: Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker -- IRMC member, former chair
Katie G. Dorsett, Secretary of Administration -- chair, IRMC Accessibility
Ralph Campbell, State Auditor -- chair, IRMC
Kathy Brack, Director, Client Assistance Program, Vocational
Rehabilitation --member, IRMC Accessibility Workgroup and a person with
HIGHLIGHTS: State IRMC leaders will discuss North Carolina's
leadership role in meeting the technology needs of persons with
disabilities. As the state moves increasingly into "self-service"
government and e-commerce, it is important that all state services be
available to both customers and employees despite any disability. The state
has responded by, among other initiatives, adopting the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines -- which outline
standards and validation for accessibility of state agency Web sites -- as
part of the statewide technical architecture. And NC @ Your Service, the
state's new e-commerce/e-government portal revealed last month, has as part
of its project requirements a mandate to comply with these W3C requirements.
Technology leaders hope that this portal, a main port of entry for citizens
and employees, will set the standard for accessible electronic government in
By examining current state technical practices, the IRMC has focused its
efforts in establishing policies that promote accessibility in the
procurement and development stages, as well as ensuring that accessible
support and training be made available. Capping the press conference will be
a hands-on demonstration of adaptive equipment used to access technology by
persons with disabilities.
For more information, the IRMC Accessibility Workgroup's final report can
be found at: http://irmc.state.nc.us/access/docs.htm.
CONTACT: Allison Bowen, assistant director, Governor's Advocacy
Council for Persons with Disabilities (GACPD), (919) 733-9250.