eNews · February 2018

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​TWITTER CHAT Wednesday, March 7, 1pm ET

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Apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities are key to creating pathways to employment for youth and young adults with disabilities. PEAT is proud to be partnering with ePolicyWorks and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth for a Twitter chat to talk about inclusive and accessible options for readying a skilled workforce and explore the ways that businesses, state policymakers, and family members of people with disabilities can best support and promote career readiness. This event is being held in conjunction with the ePolicyWorks online dialogue, “Work Matters: Readying a Skilled Workforce,” hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED). To join the Twitter chat and follow along, use the hashtag #EPWChat.

ANNOUNCEMENT Open enrollment until May 2

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Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to provide this free, self-paced online course for hiring managers and recruiters. The curriculum includes PEAT’s own TalentWorks tool, which provides key resources to help employers make their eRecruiting technologies accessible. 

CONFERENCE March 20-23, San Diego

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Join PEAT at this essential annual event for everyone working on the advancement and use of accessible technology. We'll be presenting two in-person workshops:


WEBINAR Thursday, June 21, 2pm ET

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In recent years Facebook has become a tool for professional networking and on-the-job workplace productivity through its enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. In this webinar, Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland and Director of Policy Monica Desai will discuss why and how Facebook has made accessibility a priority.​

In Focus

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Jessica Sharma reports on a recent “TechTalk” organized by PEAT, where federal and industry executives from across the technology sector met to share experiences, learn from each other, and discuss the future of accessible IT.  

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Larry Goldberg of Oath and Jeff Wieland of Facebook recently met with PEAT to discuss how the Teach Access initiative is working to help budding computer engineers and programmers gain the skills they need to develop accessible tech.