eNews · December 2018
Teach Access is a growing tech industry-academia collaboration dedicated to making technology broadly accessible by infusing accessibility into higher education through resources for both students and faculty:
- This short video highlights their Study Away program onsite in Silicon Valley, which equips faculty to integrate accessibility skills into their courses and students to learn about this high-demand career path.
- 2019 faculty grants for NYC-based academic institutions are still available! Applications close December 31.
DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently funded a new two-year project to develop innovative pathways for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities into high-demand, well-paying careers, such as information technology (IT).
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published an extensive four-part series on Developing Accessible Jobs Websites to help an organization develop a jobs site that anyone can use, including people with disabilities. Highlighted resources include PEAT’s 10 Tips for an Accessible Website and excerpts from the TalentWorks tool, which provides step-by-step support to help employers make their eRecruiting processes accessible.
New research by Accenture shows that it pays for businesses to embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in their workforce. Companies with this priority earned 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income, and 30 percent higher economic profit margins than their peers.
This report by Benetech explores the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technology in the recruiting and hiring process, and what it means for people with disabilities.
Save the Date
WEBINAR Tuesday, December 18, 1PM ET
DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is currently finalizing the launch of a select number of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship pilot program models across the country, with the aim of establishing pathways into existing apprenticeship programs for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities. In this webinar, panelists from PEAT and Social Policy Research Associates will discuss emerging best practices in apprenticeship programming, including how and why to ensure using technology that works for everyone.
There is no preregistration for this event - simply join the link shortly before the webinar starts.
WEBINAR Thursday, December 20, 1PM ET
Learn effective communication strategies for sharing your organization's commitment to disability inclusion, and how they can help your company attract and retain employees with disabilities on this webinar, brought to you by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN). This event is approved for 1.0 HR general recertification credit hour through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
CONFERENCE January 8-11, Las Vegas, NV
CES is the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace, including technologies that are changing the way people work, live and play regardless of age or disability. Please look for the PEAT team throughout the conference, including the annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest taking place on January 10.
CONFERENCE March 11-15, Anaheim, CA
Join PEAT at this essential annual event for everyone working on the advancement and use of accessible technology. PEAT will be presenting two sessions: “Closing the Accessible Technology Skills Gap” and “PeatWorks.org: Accessibility Staff Training Resources for Employees.”
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.
PEAT is partnering with the Web4All Conference (W4A) to hold a 2-day Accessibility Code Sprint May 15 & 16 focused on increasing the accessibility of a popular workplace product that is used widely across the web. We hope you can join us - please save the date and watch for more details!