Knowbility Hosts Conference Promoting Accessible Technology: Access U

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Nonprofit hosts educational conference focused on training web developers to design accessible web sites.

will swell to include tens of millions more people than today. Access U helps organizations reach this target market by learning what accessible technology is, what the benefits are and how to implement it.

Knowbility, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to help ensure that children and adults with disabilities have accessible technology, announces its fourth annual educational conference – Access U 2006.

Access U is held in Austin, TX each year and is geared toward web professionals. The conference provides two days of training on how to make technology and the Internet more accessible to people with disabilities. This year’s conference will take place May 11-12, 2006 at St. Edward’s University and expected attendance is 350 individuals

“Access U 2006 is a unique opportunity for web professionals to attend hands-on training sessions with world-recognized accessibility experts,” said Sharron Rush, Executive Director for Knowbility, and award-winning co-author of a book on accessible web design, Maximum Accessibility. “Attendees will take home techniques that can be put to use immediately on sites they are responsible for.”

Since 1999, Knowbility has received recognition for its award-winning accessibility training programs and consulting expertise to more than 400 organizations including BMC Software (NYSE:BMC), Dell, Inc. (NasdaqNM:DELL), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), IBM (NYSE:IBM), MapQuest, SBC, University of Texas, and many others.

“With approximately 50 million Americans with disabilities wanting to log on to the Internet to buy products, sign up for services, or view information online, it makes sense for organizations to design their websites to be more accessible,” said Rush. “Americans with disabilities represent over $1 trillion in aggregate income, and as our population ages, this new “digital divide” will swell to include tens of millions more people than today. Access U helps organizations reach this target market by learning what accessible technology is, what the benefits are and how to implement it.”

About Knowbility

Knowbility (http://www.knowbility.org/conference) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to help ensure that children and adults with disabilities have accessible technology to actively participate as producers and consumers in the information marketplace. Knowbility provides programs and services that directly help the blind visualize the world around them, help the deaf communicate with the hearing world, and help those with mobility impairments “travel” via the Internet.

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