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Sun Microsystem (now Oracle)

Company size: 34,600 employees

Key product/service items: diversified computer systems

Accessibility website overview: Sun Microsystem's website provides an overview of their accessibility program, highlights the Sun Accessibility team's project accomplishments, accessibility software downloads, information for application developers, a collection of articles, talks, and papers relating to ICTs and accessibility, a summary of Section 508 and links to other relevant accessibility groups and information.

Key statements on ICT product and services accessibility: Enabling Technologies is responsible for developing architectural strategies and solutions to benefit users with disabilities. An "enabling technology" is one which improves system access, system control, and overall task productivity for all users. The focus of Sun's accessibility team is on building an accessibility architecture for Java that does the following:

  • Works with the accessibility architecture(s) built into any platform on which Java programs run
  • Scales and extends beyond desktop systems to include Java-powered devices such as information kiosks and nomadic systems
  • Enables and promotes built-in accessibility to minimize the need for external assistive technology
  • Provides programmatic support for assistive technologies
  • Enables developer tools to implement and utilize the architecture in a way that promotes "access friendly" design methods

Some of Sun's other activities include:

  • Developing guidelines on how to build accessible products
  • Specifying functional requirements for access solutions
  • Enabling Sun products to meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Telecommunications Act
  • Establishing partnerships with research organizations, corporations, and standards bodies to focus on increasing product accessibility

Sun Microsystems is currently targeting solutions for users who have mobility, vision, and hearing related disabilities, with an adjunct goal of serving users who have cognitive impairments.

Key areas of accessibility work: Providing software downloads to allow universal access to their Java software as well as providing educational resources about accessibility.

Company accessibility website: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility/index.html

Contact information:
General inquiries: +1-650-506-7000 or +1-800-392-2999