Knowbility Names Marc Nathan AIR-Houston 2008 Chairman

Knowbility Names Marc Nathan AIR-Houston 2008 Chairman

Local Initiative Builds Accessible Web Sites for Non-Profits

Houston (May 14, 2008) – Knowbility announced today that Marc Nathan, Director of IT Client Development for Houston Technology Center (HTC) will be Chairman of the fifth annual Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR-Houston) Web competition. 

AIR-Houston is a unique collaboration between the Houston community and Knowbility - a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support the independence of children, youth and adults with disabilities through barrier-free technology applications.Each year, AIR-Houston pairs local Web design teams and non-profit organizations in a friendly one-day competition to develop accessible Web sites.

The ultimate goal of AIR-Houston is to help local non-profit organizations build Web sites while teaching designers and Web developers the techniques and skills needed to make those sites accessible. During the competition, teams of Web designers and developers work side by side with non-profit organizations from the Houston area to design and build new Web sites or enhance existing Web sites.

"I’m honored to be Chairman for this year's AIR-Houston competition,” Nathan said. “It has become an integral part of Houston’s technology community and I am pleased to have HTC affiliated with this event and to educate the business community about Web accessibility."

The AIR programs, which have been produced by Knowbility since 1998, have won national acclaim because they engage the entire community in understanding how and why to meet the technology access needs of millions of children and adults with disabilities.

"We are pleased to have Marc involved as his knowledge and connections in the technology community will impact our organization’s continued growth,” said Sharron Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility.   “We are glad to have HTC and Marc on board."

Previous AIR-Houston competitors include City of Houston, University of Houston, Rice University, Pop Labs, Schipul, Spur Digital, Whiteboardlabs, Top Spot IMS and Idea Integration.

Non-profit organizations that have benefitted from AIR-Houston include Kids’ Meals, Ms. Wheelchair Texas, Project Row Houses, Houston Council of the Blind, Houston Area Urban League, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, SEARCH and the San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts.

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About Knowbility

Knowbility (http://www.knowbility.org) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to support the independence of children and adults with disabilities through accessible information technology barrier-free IT!

About Houston Technology Center

Houston Technology Center (http://www.houstontech.org) is the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas. A 501(c)(3) corporation and the center of entrepreneurship in Houston, HTC accelerates the commercialization of emerging technology companies within several key sectors: Energy, Technology, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and NASA/Aerospace technologies.

For more information, please visit http://www.knowbility.org/air-houston.

Contact:                                                                                                        

Becky Myers                                                                                      

AIR-Houston Program Director                                                            

281- 844-2725                                                                                     becky@myerspublicrelations.com                                                          


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