Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 25, 2011
Knowbility, a nonprofit web accessibility organization that helps achieve technology access through consulting, training, implementation, and community awareness programs, is pleased to announce its participation in a webinar titled “The 2010 ADA Regulations and Online Ticketing”, presented in collaboration with The Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic ADA Centers on behalf of the ADA National Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the International Ticketing Association. Sharron Rush, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Knowbility, will speak about forthcoming revised regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the effects on the ticketing industry, with a particular emphasis on online sales, including a look at the process and accessibility features that should be built-in from the start.
The 2010 ADA Regulations and Online Ticketing
February 25, 2011
1:00pm – 3:00pm CST
Online registration available at http://www.adaconferences.org/Ticketing
Sharron Rush, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Knowbility
Betty Seigel, Manager of Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC
Representative from US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
On March 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice's 2010 Revised Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) become enforceable. These regulations notably include provisions regarding the sale of accessible tickets, including providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to purchase tickets using the same methods available to patrons without disabilities. Selling accessible tickets online impacts everything from ticketing policies to websites.
“Most venues have policies in place and staff trained to sell accessible seating over the phone and in person at the Box Office,” said Rush. “According to the new regulations, however, the ticketing industry must be ready to sell accessible seats on the Internet. An important aspect of that is for the sales website itself to be fully accessible. I look forward to sharing Knowbility’s knowledge and years of experience in web accessibility in support of the changes about to take place in online ticketing.”
Knowbility, a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) organization established in 1998, helps achieve technology access for those with disabilities through consulting, training, implementation, and community awareness programs. Knowbility operates under the belief that nothing is impossible when it comes to technology accessibility. Eighty percent of the organization’s staff are individuals with disabilities. Knowbility’s revenues fund a multitude of community programs, including the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR), a web design competition that increases awareness of the tools and techniques that make the Internet accessible to everyone. Additionally, Knowbility hires and trains veterans for a program called AccessWorks, through which they provide document remediation and user experience testing to Knowbility’s customers. An industry diverse organization, Knowbility works with government organizations, K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, other nonprofits and entities that require accessibility compliance.