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Dell to Provide Accessible Computers to Visually-Impaired Veterans.

September 29, 2005.
Business Wire

Blind and visually-impaired veterans throughout the continental United States will receive specially-equipped Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) computers through a contract between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Electronic Vision Access Solutions (EVAS), a small business specializing in computer access for people with visual, physical, hearing or learning disabilities.

The VA estimates that approximately 1,000 veterans participating in their rehabilitation program for the blind will receive these customized Dell OptiPlex(TM) computers each year. The systems are fully integrated with application software, peripherals and assistive technology that make the systems accessible to people who are blind. Dell flat-panel monitors, printers and scanners are also included. The computers are shipped with both large print and Braille guides for quick, easy set-up and use.

"Dell has teamed with EVAS for years to combine its expertise in providing Accessible Technology with Dell's excellent product quality, support and service," said Troy West, vice president of Dell's federal business. "This contract helps streamline the VA's process of providing these all-important systems to our veterans, and we're proud to be part of the team."

The one-year Computers and Software for the Blind contract awarded to EVAS by the VA went into effect at the end of July 2005 and includes four one-year options for renewal. It provides a standard Dell configuration that VA hospitals around the country can order for veterans in their area, helping ensure each veteran receives a consistent, quality product.

"We are pleased to have been awarded this innovative contract," said Jerry Swerdlick, president of EVAS. "Even more importantly, we are honored to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide technology that our nation's veterans can use to gain independence and a better quality of life."

Dell and EVAS offer a wide variety of customized desktop and notebook systems and assistive technology to meet the diverse needs of veterans with disabilities. Source URL:

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