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Re: municipality web sites & people with disabilities


From: Moore,Michael
Date: Sep 24, 2009 12:45PM

Here is a brief summary of what the City of Austin, Texas is doing.

1. Last week my boss met with City Web staff to give input on their development of a formal City Web Accessibility policy. He provided them with the DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) policy development training and HHS (Health and Human Services) policy model. DARS policy development training was developed with Web AIM principals.
2. The City of Austin is currently using JAWS and other single page tools to test the City Connection Web pages. Austin Energy is using Watchfire for an enterprise level testing tool.
3. Last year, the City doubled its budget for closed captioning of video and multimedia content. Currently all City Council meetings and Mayor's Committee meetings are closed captioned.
4. City staff attend AIR Austin and Access-U training and receive individual training on making accessible PDF documents and reports.

Mike Moore

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of catherine
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:45 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] municipality web sites & people with disabilities


I was wondering if anyone had some pointers towards studies or
initiatives of cities' and towns' use of web technologies as it relates
to interacting with their citizens with disabilities. This could be
anything from studies of how municipalities fare with regards to
accessibility in general to specific initiatives to make Web based
information more accessible to certain types of disabilities (such as
the City of Montreal's controversial portal for people with cognitive

Any information would be appreciated.



Catherine Roy