eNews · December 2015
Online hiring practices have made it increasingly easy to apply for a job—unless you’re a person with a disability, that is. Senior web accessibility consultant Denis Boudreau explores the problem of why the employment rate of Americans with disabilities has continued to drop for the last 25 years, and how web designers and developers hold a key to improving the situation.
When it comes to web accessibility, most people turn to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the internationally recognized standards developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative. In order to help technology providers and employers understand the basics of WCAG and other related accessibility standards, PEAT spoke with Shawn Henry, who leads W3C's global education and outreach promoting web accessibility. Our interview covered general background on W3C's accessibility guidelines, WCAG's applications in the workplace, tips for seeking WCAG-knowledgeable vendors, and more.
It's been a busy fall for the PEAT team, jam-packed with travel, talk, and trend spotting. In a recent blog post, PEAT Project Director Josh Christianson sums up some of the insights he gleaned from three recent conferences: the Coleman Institute on Cognitive Disabilities Annual Conference, the HR Technology Conference and Expo, and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals Access 2015 Conference. Check out what he learned about new approaches to workplace technology design, mobile recruiting trends, and inclusive product testing as a pathway to universal design.
PEAT is eagerly anticipating the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University of Northridge (CSUN)—an essential annual event for everyone working on the advancement and use of accessible technology. The 2016 conference is taking place March 21-26, and PEAT representatives will be there ready to learn, meet with partners, and forge new opportunities to collaborate around accessible technology and employment. In addition to presenting a workshop on "Accessible eRecruiting Tips and Tricks for Employers," we'll be supporting this year's keynote speaker, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu.
Save the Date
January 21, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., ET WEBINAR
Mark your calendars now for our January 21 PEAT Talk, when Sina Bahram of Prime Access Consulting will review the seven principles of universal design and how to apply them to digital spaces.
February 18, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., ET WEBINAR
Our February PEAT Talk will welcome AudioEye's Dan Sullivan, who will talk about the return-on-investment for employers who embrace accessible technology that benefits all users.
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. To learn more, visit www.PEATworks.org.
With most of today's employers using some form of web recruiting to evaluate and hire job applicants, it's more important than ever for organizations to understand why accessibility matters to the "eRecruiting" phase of the employment lifecycle. PEAT recently published a report based on our 2015 research findings about user experiences related to the accessibility of online job applications and other eRecruiting tools.