eNews · August 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has extended the deadline for public comments regarding its proposed revision to the rules implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You can now submit comments until October 7, 2016.
DOJ is looking at establishing accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities provided to the public by state and local governments—including many employment-related tools and resources. If you'd like more information before commenting, PEAT has prepared an introductory Q&A and an in-depth policy brief that provides an overview of DOJ’s questions and the topics on which they’d like comments from the public.
Last month’s M-Enabling Summit brought international leaders together from a range of fields connected to the promotion and advancement of accessible mobile applications—and allowed PEAT to advance key actions related to accessible technology issues impacting employment though a policy roundtable and a panel discussion.
As a follow-up to a PEAT roundtable, PEAT's Think Tank recently met with Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu in a virtual forum to explore ways to support the employment of people with disabilities through effective accessible tech policy and awareness building. Together, these national stakeholders and thought leaders generated numerous ideas for PEAT and the Labor Department to consider, from educating IT procurement staff to synchronizing government action around tech accessibility.
Soon, we'll be inviting members of the public to join this conversation by opening our online dialogue to everyone. Stay tuned for the launch of "Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology" in early fall, and check out PEATworks.org for updates.
Save the Date
Thursday, August 18, 2pm-2:30pm ET WEBINAR
Rob Sinclair, President of the IAAP Global Leadership Team, will discuss the mission of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and how its recently announced merger with G3ict will help encourage the growth of a worldwide accessibility profession.
Thursday, September 15, 2pm-2:30pm ET WEBINAR
What if users could invoke and use the ICT accessibility features they need anywhere, anytime, on any device? Raising the Floor's Gregg Vanderheiden will discuss how and why they are building this new global infrastructure, and the potential it has to impact the employment of people with disabilities.
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.
When growing an accessible workplace technology effort, it can be daunting to efficiently address gaps in your knowledge base. However, you don't have to do it alone. Eliza Greenwood recently attended the annual AccessU conference to improve her own skills, and reports that the opportunity to practice digital accessibility "hands on" in computer labs made a big difference.