Working to Create Digital Opportunity for Americans with Disabilities

September 21, 2000

Today, as part of his Digital Divide tour, President Clinton visited a Community Technology Center in Flint, Michigan that will offer access to cutting-edge technology for people with disabilities and others in the community. The President announced new commitments by the Administration, businesses, universities and non-profits to help ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in the Information Age. The visit is part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide and create digital opportunity for all Americans.

HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGIES. For the 54 million Americans with disabilities, access to information and communications technologies is critical to their ability to participate in the workforce, gain new skills through online learning, and improve their quality of life. During his visit to the Disability Network technology center, the President saw demonstrations of advanced technologies such as an "Eyegaze System" that allows people with disabilities to operate a computer and send e-mail using only their eyes; speech recognition technology; and online college courses and electronic talking books that are accessible to people with disabilities.

TAKING STEPS TO EMPOWER AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. The President announced 5 key goals for government and the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities can participate fully in the Information Age:

ANNOUNCING COMMITMENTS TO CREATE DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY. The President announced a series of public and private initiatives to create digital opportunity for people with disabilities, including the following:

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Urging Senate Republicans to Pass a Real Patients' Bill of Rights

Providing Long-Term Care Insurance to Federal Workers

Calling on Congress to Act Now on Permanent Conservation Funding

Working to Create Digital Opportunity for Americans with Disabilities

Improving Access to Government Services and Information

Urging Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Highlighting Record Gains for Working Families Across America

Announcing the Largest Budget Surplus in History

Working to Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Children

The Clinton-Gore Administration: Cutting Student Loan Defaults and Opening the Doors of College for All Americans (10/2/00)

Historic Protection for America's Environment and Cultural Heritage (10/11/00)

The Clinton-Gore Administration: Urging Congress to Support America's Education Priorities

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