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TB Notes 3, 2001

Updates from the Communications and Education Branch

TB ETN First Annual Meeting and Workshop

On August 1-3, 2001, TB trainers and educators gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first annual TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN) Meeting and Workshop. The theme of this groundbreaking workshop was “Culture, Language, and Literacy in TB Education and Training.” TB ETN members from across the country and U.S. territories traveled to attend this workshop that was dedicated solely to health education, training, and communication issues. 

Participants praised the quantity of information they received and the number of skills they learned during the workshop from dynamic speakers such as Patricia Wren from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Tawara Goode from the National Center for Cultural Competence. Speakers not only shared valuable insights into culture and literacy, but also provided participants with many cultural competency resources to take home for future reference. A social that was hosted by the National TB Model Centers gave participants the opportunity to network with colleagues and to share and discuss educational materials developed in various states.

During the meeting, participants had the opportunity to discuss and make decisions about the future of the TB Education and Training Network. Participants were enthusiastic about the benefits of being a part of the Network and indicated that this year’s workshop was a great beginning for collaboration and meetings in the future.

For more information about the TB Education and Training Network, please contact Maria Fraire at (404) 639-5317 or

 —Submitted by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination

DTBE’s Web Site and Section 508

On June 21, 2001, a law went into effect that gives disabled individuals increased access to electronic and information technology provided by the federal government. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires that federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology that is accessible to individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 applies to all federal government information technology systems including PCs, software, and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines. However, much of the focus of the new regulations surrounds the requirement to make federal Web sites accessible to people with disabilities.

We have been working diligently to make the DTBE Internet site compliant with Section 508. For instance, we have been testing our HTML pages to ensure that a "screen reader" – a technology that reads aloud, in an artificial voice, the words and punctuation marks that appear on a computer monitor – can function on the site. Screen readers cannot read images (icons, buttons, or graphics), so we have created alternative text that will appear when you roll over an image with a mouse. This text will provide a meaningful description of each graphic, allowing screen readers to convey the purpose of the image. In addition to adhering to a list of other technical specifications, we have provided an accessibility link at the bottom of our Web site for anyone who has difficulties accessing information on the site.

You may have noticed some changes on the DTBE Internet site while we have been converting information to meet the new accessibility standards. Because of the time and effort it takes to convert some of our large documents into an accessible format, some pages have been temporarily removed from the site. For example, selected Surveillance Reports from 1999 and 2000 are not available, and reports prior to 1999 have been removed. These reports will be available in upcoming months.

In the future, we plan to provide a text-only version of the DTBE Internet site so that the site will not only be Section 508 compliant, but will also be available for use on wireless devices. For more information on DTBE’s related activities, contact Maria Fraire at; for more information on Section 508, visit

—Reported by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination


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