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Web Conference Highlights Maine’s Commitment to Web Accessibility
The Maine Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is pleased to announce that members of Maine’s web accessibility sub-committee will be participating in a free online web conference. The web conference, titled The Collaborative Road to Maine State Web Accessibility, will cover topics ranging from the technical challenges associated with creating and maintaining accessible web pages to navigating the political landscape surrounding accessibility issues.
The Internet is one of the most important means by which Maine state government communicates with the public. As website usage continues to grow, it is critical that all websites be accessible to the broadest possible audience, including individuals with disabilities. Maine’s CIO, in conjunction with the web accessibility sub-committee, has been responsible for creating and implementing policies and standards that enhance accessibility for users of www.Maine.gov.
Richard B. Thompson, Chief Information Officer of the State of Maine said, “In Maine we view accessibility as much more than compliance with the law. Accessibility comprises a key component to website development in Maine, enhancing our design and usability. Maine’s web accessibility sub committee gives the state strong leadership and expertise as we continue our commitment to exceed accessibility standards on the web.”
The web conference will be held June 23 at 2:00 PM ET. Users may register for this free conference by visiting http://easi.cc/clinic.htm . The three members of the Maine State Web Accessibility Sub-Committee who will be presenting the conference are Ellen Wood from the Maine State Library and Chair of the Committee, Kathy Record from the Office of the CIO, and Kelly Hokkanen from InforME, the Information Resource of Maine.
InforME is the State of Maine’s private-sector partner and official web portal provider. All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov (http://www.maine.gov/ ).
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