T H E   W H I T E   H O U S E


Help Site Map Text Only


President Clinton to Visit Michigan for Next Stop on President's "Digital Divide" Trip: Trip to Focus On Digital Opportunity for Americans with Disabilities

September 15, 2000

President Clinton will visit Flint, Michigan on September 21, 2000 as part of his initiative to bridge the digital divide and create digital opportunity for all Americans. This event will highlight the importance of ensuring that new information and communications technologies are accessible to and usable by the 54 million Americans with disabilities. As with previous trips, the President will announce concrete actions by the government and the private sector that will help ensure that people with disabilities are full participants in the Information Age. The President is travelling to Flint to highlight several model programs that are empowering people with disabilities by providing access to cutting-edge technology, increasing employment opportunities, and allowing people with disabilities to acquire new skills using distance learning.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGIES: Making mainstream information and communications technologies accessible to people with disabilities brings more Americans into the Information Age. Incorporating accessibility features into mainstream technologies also improves their usability for everyone. Web sites that are designed to be accessible, for example, allow increased access to the Web for people using mobile phones. And captioning helps people who are trying to learn English as a second language.

Continuing breakthroughs in assistive technologies, such as voice recognition, electronic books, and computers that can be operated by the movement of one's eyes, enable more people with disabilities to take advantage of mainstream technologies. Accessible technologies, in turn, promote fuller participation in our society, including the enhancement of educational and employment opportunities.

THE CLINTON/GORE ADMINISTRATION HAS IDENTIFIED 5 KEY GOALS IN EMPOWERING AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE INFORMATION AGE Working closely with disability communities, the private sector, and technology experts, the Administration has identified five goals that will empower people with disabilities in the Information Age. The President will announce commitments by the government, the private sector, universities and non-profit organizations to help address these five goals:

  • Increasing the accessibility and usability of existing information and communication products and services;
  • Improving the state-of-the-art of assistive technology;
  • Ensuring that existing efforts to bridge the digital divide and create digital opportunity are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Using information technologies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities; and
  • Increasing access to technologies for people with disabilities who cannot currently afford it.

President and First Lady | Vice President and Mrs. Gore
Record of Progress | The Briefing Room
Gateway to Government | Contacting the White House
White House for Kids | White House History
White House Tours | Help | Text Only

Privacy Statement

What's New at the White House

What's New - December 2000

What's New - November 2000

What's New - October 2000

What's New - September 2000

What's New - July 2000

What's New - June 2000

What's New - May 2000

What’s New - April 2000

What's New - March 2000

What's New - February 2000

What's New - January 2000

What's New Archives 1997-1999

What's New Archives: 1994-1996

Presidential Webcast: Meeting the Challenge of Global Warming

President Clinton Joins International Religious and Domestic Aids Policy Leaders to Mark World Aids Day

Urging Congress to Keep its Commitment and Complete this Year's Education Budget

To Implement Title V of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 and to Modify the Generalized System of Preferences

Preserving America's Coral Reefs

Human Rights Day: The Eleanor Roosevelt Award and The Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Clinton Launches New Effort to Increase Immunization Rates Among Children

President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Restoring an American Natural Treasure

Progress in Efforts to Combat International Crime

President Clinton's New Markets Initiative: Revitalizing America's Underserved Communities

President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and Congressional Democrats Win a Landmark Budget

Announcing Welfare Reform Achievements and Budget Wins for America's Families

President Clinton Issues Strong New Consumer Protections to Ensure the Privacy of Medical Records

Enacting a Budget that Invests in Education, Health Care, and America'

President Clinton Appoints Roger Gregory to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

President Clinton Announces New Steps to Improve Nutrition and Education for Children in Developing Countries

The United States on Track to Pay Off the Debt by End of the Decade

President Clinton: Strengthening the Federal Government-University Research Partnership

Keeping the Heat and Lights On During Unusually Cold Weather