ALDA Chicago
 

Meeting on information technology, transportation access

  • 30 Sep 2010
  • 9:00 AM - 3:59 PM
  • Courtyard by Marriott Magnificent Mile, 165 E. Ontario St.
ALDAns Bill Graham and Cheryl Heppner asked us to share the details about this upcoming important meeting event with you.  Please refer to the information below and attached.  We hope you will participate in any way you can.  Thank you.

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Dear Colleague:

As you may know, the U.S. Access Board will be meeting in Chicago on September 30, 2010 from 9:30 to 4:30 at the Courtyard by Marriott Magnificent Mile (Ontario B and C rooms), 165 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL  60611. The purpose of this email is to share the meeting details with you and to encourage you to share this with other individuals who you think will be interested in attending.

During the morning from 9:30 to 12:00, the Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to update sections of its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles that cover access to buses and vans (http://www.access-board.gov/transit/refresh/notice.htm).  The proposal, which was published on July 26, 2010, contains revisions to the guidelines, which apply to new or remanufactured vehicles, to address new types of systems, such as bus rapid transit and low floor buses, and advances in technology, including automation of stop announcements.  In addition to a new organization and format, the proposed guidelines include revisions to specifications covering vehicle ramp slopes, onboard circulation routes, wheelchair spaces, and securement systems.  Also, the Board is proposing a new requirement for automated stop and route announcements in systems with 100 or more buses.  Disability groups, consumers, industry groups and manufacturers and other interested parties are encouraged to come to the hearing to express their views about the proposed rule.

In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 the Access Board is pleased to be joined by members of the Chief Information Officers Council in holding the first in a series of “listening sessions” on improving access to information technology in the Federal sector and implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Some of the questions that will be considered are:

•          What can technology do to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities?

•          What can the Federal government do to use technology better or in new ways?

•          What can the Federal government do to make technology more accessible?

•          What emerging technologies are being used by the Federal government that you are left out of?

•          What technologies should the Federal government use that would enhance your interactions with government agencies?

•          What are state and local governments doing in terms of technology accessibility that the Federal government should follow?

•          What can the Federal government do to influence technology accessibility?

Feedback from the listening session will be used by, and shared across, agencies to improve accessibility and usability.  This session is being held in response to a recently released memo from Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which lays out a detailed plan for improving the accessibility of government information.

The attached flyer can be shared with others who may be interested in attending.  If you would like to register to speak at either of these meetings, or if you require additional information, please contact me at johnson@access-board.gov or by phone at (202) 272-0041 or (800) 993-2822 (TTY).

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