eNews · June 2018
Tech companies are struggling to fill job openings because not enough prospective employees have accessible technology skills—and the companies' products are less accessible as a result.
Sassy Outwater-Wright, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, discusses why businesses should hire people with disabilities, and what it's like for jobseekers to encounter inaccessible eRecruiting technologies.
Accenture's Dan Ellerman explores the findings from their recent white paper "Amplify Accessibility," and the how’s and why’s of implementing WCAG.
Beth Crutchfield and Jessie Haugh of Level Access share the accessibility issues that HR and workplace leaders should consider when using virtual and augmented reality.
Henry Claypool, American Association of People with Disabilities, discusses how autonomous vehicles will impact the workplace.
Brooke Aiken details the new features and tools recently launched at Section508.gov, the federal government’s website for IT accessibility. While aimed primarily at federal employees and contractors, these tools are broadly useful for anyone seeking to ensure that the technology they are buying is accessible.
Save the Date
Las Vegas, July 9-12 Conference
Join PEAT at the annual U.S. Business Leaders Network (USBLN) conference, which helps businesses drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. PEAT will present the following session in partnership with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN):
Developing a NextGen Disability Inclusive Workplace, Part I
Monday, July 9, 9am-12pm
From piloting accommodation practices, to assessing your current disability climate, to conducting a technology audit, presenters will share the "How To’s" of replicating practices towards your goal of having a disability inclusive workplace.
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.
Lauren Rabb recently joined Teach Access for their inaugural Study Away program, where students met with leading companies to learn the value of an accessible technology skill set on the job market—and how it will help them make a real impact on all users.
SHRM’s Roy Maurer discusses how employers committed to diversifying their applicant pools and improving their candidate experience need to be aware of the problems that applicants with disabilities may encounter when using careers sites, job portals, and electronic applications.