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PHLY Upgrades Web Site for Disabled

While not required by law, the Company made changes to consistent with federal guidelines under Section 508, which requires federal agencies to make their information technology fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) has upgraded its web site to increase accessibility to people with disabilities. The upgrades to make it possible for policyholders, business partners and anyone with sensory, physical or speech-related disabilities to access information that otherwise would be unavailable, according to a company statement.

“Philadelphia Insurance Companies is dedicated to providing visitors on with a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology and/or ability,” comments Sean Sweeney, president and chief marketing officer. “It is important to PHLY as an insurance company and good corporate citizen, to bring effective communication to our Non-Profit and Human Services clients, as well as all people with disabilities.”

While not legally required, the Company made changes to to be consistent with federal guidelines under Section 508. Section 508 refers to the 1998 Congressional amendment made to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requiring federal agencies to make their information technology fully accessible for PWD, according to the PHLY statement. The company engaged TecAccess, a provider of accessibility consulting solutions, to advise on these standards.

Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio

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