National Organization On Disability - Emergency Preparedness Iniative - Conference On Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, Sept. 22 - 24, 2004

TVWorldwide's Internet TV Channel Selected to Webcast National Organization on Disability's “Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities”, Sep 22-24, 2004

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For Immediate Release
September 22, 2004

Chantilly, Va. – TV Worldwide, announced that it's Assistive Technology Internet TV Channel,, ( had been selected by t he National Organization on Disability, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Capital Region, to webcast the Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia on September 22-24, 2004.

This conference is the first to focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery specific to the unique emergency needs of people with disabilities. High-level authorities from the emergency management, disability, and special needs communities, government agencies, private business, and the service, advocacy, and care networks will be at this forum to share and learn about each other's experiences, resources, and best practice models. The webcast will be produced live-to-tape and be available in archive-only form after each day of the conference activities. The event will be archived in fully accessible format using the captioned video streaming of TV Worldwide's "webcapting” process. TV Worldwide's well trafficked Homeland Defense TV channel ( will also webcast the event in fully accessible format.

"As a long-time developer of streaming media content for the community of people with disabilities we are excited about being selected to webcast this important event," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of "Thanks to's compelling programming, the channel has grown rapidly over the last year featuring the incisive and uncensored commentary of highly-respected columnist John Williams who coined the phrase 'assistive technology'. We again expect a huge audience and we are preparing our servers to accommodate this NOD event webcast."

TV Worldwide's Internet TV channels and Homeland Defense TV recently webcast a free interactive Internet press conference on August 31st by Daniel Sutherland, Department of Homeland Security Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties who will also be speaking at the NOD webcast event. Mr. Sutherland announced details of President Bush's July 22nd Executive Order intended to increase the safety of persons with disabilities during emergency situations, including natural disasters or acts of terrorism. Other archived webcast programs on these channels, of interest to first responders as well as individuals with disabilities, include a March 10 announcement by Mr. Sutherland about increased job opportunities for persons with disabilities within the Department of Homeland Security and an April 30 panel discussion on meeting on the needs of the disabled in emergency situations and strategies for protecting such individuals -- including the establishment of a curriculum to train first responders. channel premium sponsors include: The Paciello Group, HP, Kurzweil Educational Systems, The Council for Exceptional Children, Corda, Deque, Audio Eye, Sighted Electronics, Freedom Vision and Vcom3D. Homeland Defense TV sponsors include the University of Findlay Center for Terrorism Prpearedness, Homeland Defense Journal and Object Video.

The event will be archived for viewing at and and .

TVWorldwide's Internet TV channel was launched in October 2002 at the World Congress on Disabilities in Orlando, Florida, featuring world-renowned disability columnist John Williams covering the latest in assistive technology and Section 508 news and since then has webcast the TASH, ATIA, CSUN and CEC events for the community of people with disabilities. features articles and videos on the latest in assistive technology products, services and issues. During industry trade shows, highlights keynotes, presentations and interviews with exhibitors and speakers. events are webcast live and archived in fully accessible format using the captioned video streaming of's "webcapting" sm process. channel sponsors include The Paciello Group, the Council for Exceptional Children, HP, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Corda, Deque, Audio Eye, Sighted Electronics Freedom Vision and Vcom3D.

About TV Worldwide
As a leading global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide ( is developing a network of video channels that is an affiliation of community-based Internet television stations, each underwritten by a strategic partner, "aimcasting" SM to targeted demographic audiences worldwide. works with strategic partners to develop the latest in live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications. was recently named one of the streaming video industry's "Hottest Streaming Companies” by Streaming Magazine,, and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy currently serves as the president of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).

About NOD
Founded in 1982, the National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America 's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. For more information, please contact N.O.D. at (202) 293-5960; TDD: (202)293-5968; or visit

Andrea Gwartney
TV, Inc.
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