CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 18, 2000
Law center helps design Web site for persons with disabilities
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Law, Health, Policy and Disability
Center was recently credited with helping a national company in New York create
a text-only version of the company's Web site that gives small business owners
with disabilities full access to traditional financing sources.
BLC Financial Services, Inc., launched the accessible version of www.BLCLoans.com
early this month and says the UI joint effort with the center reaches out
"to those people who would otherwise not have full access" to its
already interactive Web site.
Peter Blanck, UI law professor and director of the center, has previously
said providing Web access to persons with disabilities through speech and
other assistive devices would help the disabled population and businesses.
Blanck was an expert panelist at congressional subcommittee hearings last
February on the Internet and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
BLC Chairman and CEO Robert F. Tannehauser said in a company press release
that the implementation of the text-only version of its Web site helps the
company reach "a segment of the population that has been underserved
by the lending community and by the Internet in general."
The site now will allow persons to complete loan applications online via
a secure server. The site also provides investor information and the ability
to e-mail questions to the company.
For more information about the accessibility and Web site's design, contact
Peter Blanck (319) 335-9043 or Len Sandler, UI Law professor and co-director
of the center at (319) 335-9030. Or visit the center's Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~lhpdc