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Powers Principal Bobby Silverstein will speak at a Perkins School for the Blind workshop discussing how organizations can achieve accessible websites in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The one-day event titled “Achieving Web Accessibility: Make sure your online presence works — for everyone” will focus on the legal and technical aspects of web accessibility, as well as what successful user experiences look like for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The workshop will open with a website demonstration to show how they succeed – or fail – when users access the site using a screen reader, screen magnification, or navigating only with a keyboard rather than a mouse or by touch. Assistive technology users demonstrate how they access a web page that is accessible compared to a web page that is inaccessible.

Next, Bobby will cover where disability and accessibility laws currently stand, what it means for organizations and their website, and where laws are headed. He also will discuss the U.S. Access Board’s final ruling earlier this year that updates the technical standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Finally, experts from Perkins School will present the international technical standards for website accessibility and provide techniques and approaches for meeting many of them, including alternative text for images, keyboard-only navigation, use of color, accessible forms, tables and more.

Bobby has worked in the disability policy field for more than 40 years. For a decade he served in various capacities on Capitol Hill, including Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Senate Sub Committee on disability policy chaired by Senator Tom Harkin. He was the behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 disability-related bills enacted into law, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, June 14 at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The workshop costs $299, and all attendees must register online. For more information regarding the Perkins School for the Blind workshop, click here.

For more information regarding accessible websites and other ADA regulations, contact Bobby Silverstein at 202-872-6754 or Bobby.Silverstein@powerslaw.com.

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