Policy Matters

From the Section 508 refresh to progress around Section 501, the regulatory landscape influencing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) is ever evolving. To help employers, employees, and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, Policy Matters provides policy analysis and news regarding laws and regulations, court decisions, and government resources related to the accessibility of technology used in all aspects of employment.

What's New?

The SUN Survey: Lend Your Voice to Inform Accessible Tech Development

News and Top Trends Ideas and Initiatives

Salimah LaForce explains how people with disabilities can help make wireless technologies more accessible by participating in the latest release of the Wireless RERC’s Survey of User Needs (SUN). First launched in 2001, this cornerstone survey provides essential data to engineers, designers, the wireless industry, and government regulators to help make wireless technology more accessible.

 

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Think Tank Meeting Proceedings Report

News and Top Trends Policy & program development Ideas and Initiatives

PEAT's 2017 Think Tank meeting explored key issues related to accessible workplace technology through working groups and rich facilitated discussions with 63 participants representing industry, government, academia, and the disability community. The event generated several tangible recommendations for closing the accessible technology skills gap, expanding government apprenticeship and workforce programs for people with disabilities, and encouraging the development of accessible products.

Podcast: How the Freelance Economy Changes Universal Access for Employers

News and Top Trends Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Bobby Silverstein discusses the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws related to accessible technology with respect to shifts to a gig or project-based workforce.

Featured Resources

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The 2014 WIOA Act requires American Job Centers to use technologies that are accessible to individuals with disabilities—and PEAT is here to help in these efforts.

Read more: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): What It Means for Accessible Technology and American Job Centers]
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Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to these federal regulations.

Read more: The Section 508 Refresh is Here!]
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Explore detailed analysis about the implications of 171 DOJ settlement agreements addressing ICT accessibility.

Read more: How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?]