eNews · February 2016
Heading to San Diego next month for the 2016 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference? Be sure to attend PEAT's workshop on "Accessible eRecruiting Tips and Tricks for Employers" and the opening keynote address by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu. On Tuesday evening, March 22, Lu will explore accessible, universally designed technology as a key to employment for America's workers and job-seekers with disabilities—and make a special announcement about PEAT’s work on accessible eRecruiting. Our team will also be on hand to meet with partners and forge new opportunities for collaboration around accessible technology and employment. We look forward to seeing many PEAT friends and colleagues in San Diego!
Speaking of conferences, the PEAT team was in Orlando earlier this month to present at the Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) Annual Conference. At our workshop, titled "The Role of Accessible Technology in Attracting and Retaining Talent," we presented findings from our national survey on the experiences of job seekers with disabilities and previewed our upcoming TalentWorks tool by reviewing solutions to common accessibility pitfalls in the talent acquisition process.
If you missed last month's compelling PEAT Talk on the seven principles of universal design, you're in luck. PEAT has summarized Sina Bahram's presentation in a recent blog post. Check out the helpful overview of the key principles, and learn ways to apply them in the pursuit of workplace technology that's accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. You can also view a video of the archived PEAT Talk and join the conversation by submitting your own comments.
Save the Date
March 3, 2:00-2:30 pm ET TWITTER CHAT
Have you heard about PEAT's new series of real-time Twitter chats? The first Thursday of every month, PEAT and a range of accessible technology thought leaders will be live on Twitter, engaging participants in a virtual conversation about cutting-edge accessible workplace technology topics. Our March 3rd chat, featuring Knowbility's Divya Mulanjur, will serve as a prelude to our upcoming PEAT Talk on what employers should know about accessibility user testing. Participants can join the real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks.
April 21, 2:00–2:30 pm, ET WEBINAR
We are pleased to welcome Denis Boudreau, senior web accessibility consultant for Simply Accessible. Denis will be talking about why accessible eRecruiting tools make sense and the simple steps that web developers and designers can take to ensure that job seekers with disabilities are not excluded from employment opportunities.
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.
How do people with disabilities use the Internet to search for and apply for jobs? In our February guest blog post, Daniel Ferro, senior interaction designer at Forum One, aims to answer that very question. His piece demystifies accessibility and explores the ways that people with various disabilities interact with eRecruiting tools. His message to employers and HR professionals? "Don’t think of accessibility as a troublesome box you need to check—think about it in terms of your opportunity to connect with the best talent."