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Fall 2014 Accessibility Showcase in Washington, D.C., Hosted by Freedom Scientific

(Washington, D.C. - October 23, 2014)

Freedom Scientific hosted the Annual Accessibility Showcase in Washington, D.C., with an attendance by over 100 participants, including federal agencies, government contractors, and commercial companies. Topics ranged from training solutions for employees with disabilities, to what's new in JAWS® 16, to creating accessible Microsoft® Word documents.

Presentations at the Accessibility Showcase included:

  • How to Use Interactive Controls on Web Pages
  • Training Solutions for Employees with Disabilities
  • The Importance of Collaboration between Information Technology and Assistive Technology Companies
  • What's New in JAWS 16
  • How to Create Accessible Microsoft Word Documents
  • Enterprise-generated PDF Accessibility and Usability

Freedom Scientific would like to thank the presenters for making the Accessibility Showcase a success: Greg Gill, Office of Learning, from SSA; Rich Schwerdtfeger, CTO Accessibility Software Group, from IBM; Terri Youngblood from Accessibility Systems; Shannon Kelly from Actuate Corporation; and Freedom Scientific Accessibility experts, Glen Gordon, Chief Technical Officer, and Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management.

Freedom Scientific will be hosting similar events in Washington, D.C., including full-day training sessions. For more information about future events, please contact the Services Department at 800-444-4443 ext. 3920, or

Did you know?

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that makes changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503) at 41 CFR Part 60-741. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. The new rule strengthens the affirmative action provisions of the regulations to aid contractors in their efforts to recruit and hire IWDs, and improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The new rule also makes changes to the nondiscrimination provisions of the regulations to bring them into compliance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

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Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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