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Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to the federal regulations covering the accessibility of ICT and telecommunications products and services.

Jenny Lay Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, recently joined PEAT Talks to offer her perspectives on the role that technology plays in creating a workplace culture of inclusion and accessibility.

Event Date: 
January 26, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

Video accessibility requires more than simply providing transcripts, captions and audio descriptions. Join AccessibilityOz CEO Gian Wild for a detailed demonstration, discussion, and Q&A about how to make videos accessible to people with disabilities.

The annual HR Technology Conference is always an essential event for PEAT, given their focus on technology tools and trends shaping the field of human resources. This year we left feeling more excited and energized than ever, because the topic of accessibility is finally starting to take hold in the hearts and minds of HR Tech stakeholders.

Event Date: 
January 19, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Learn how educational institutions are bridging the hiring gap for new graduates with disabilities by educating HR professionals online about common barriers to access. Rachel Kerrigan discusses how Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to provide a free online course titled “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition” 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.

We asked employers which topic area they be most interested in PEAT creating a resource for. Results of our ongoing poll are available below.

Images are a core aspect of most website designs today, and they can even increase the accessibility of a webpage for many users, such as employees and job seekers with cognitive and learning disabilities. Adding graphics, drawings, illustrations, graphs, and charts can benefit many users by increasing a person’s ability to understand the concepts at hand.

Writing good alternative text for website images means focusing on quality, not quantity. To ensure equal access for employees and job seekers using screen readers, you must tailor each image description on your website to the specific context it is used in. 

The National Council on Disability’s 2016 report to Congress notably recognizes accessible workplace technology as a right for all Americans and a key pathway to employment, and provides actionable recommendations for the federal government, technology industry, and private and public sectors.

This 2010 law is the source of several new regulations aimed at addressing telecommunications accessibility in the digital age.

Section 255 requires manufacturers to ensure that telecommunications equipment and services are designed, developed, and fabricated to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, when it is readily achievable to do so.

The Rehab Act is designed to safeguard the civil rights of people with disabilities, and includes many regulations related to technology.

The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities—including Internet Web site access, mobile applications, and other forms of ICT

Event Date: 
December 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Images are used on websites for many different functions, and each require a different approach for accessibility. In this webinar Gian Wild discusses how to ensure your images are both accessible and usable for people with disabilities.

 

Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement Maria Town joined PEAT recently for a lively conversation in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). During this PEAT Talk, Maria shared thoughtful insights about the state of accessible workplace technology, and the current Administration’s efforts to promote its use in workplaces nationwide.

Transcript of PEAT Talks: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Maria Town, Senior Associate Director for the White House's Office on Public Engagement. Recording date: October 20, 2016.

A key step in ensuring an accessible workplace is to ensure that all web resources used by employees and jobseekers are accessible. And because tables are used in structuring many webpages, you’ll want to be sure that yours are correctly formatted.

Table accessibility is important to people with the following disabilities:

If you’ve got a website, you may be relying on tables to convey information. But if those tables are not created correctly, they can create a real mess for employees and job seekers trying to access the information they need, particularly people who are blind, people with low vision, and people with cognitive disabilities. To learn what makes a good table—and the pitfalls of bad ones!—please read on.

Event Date: 
November 17, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the Chief Accessibility Officer of Microsoft, shares valuable guidance on creating a workplace culture focused on access and inclusion.

Event Date: 
November 09, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

In order to ensure that your eRecruiting materials and other website content is accessible, it’s essential that your website include properly formatted tables. In this webinar, Gian Wild of Accessibility Oz provides a hands-on demonstration of coding and sequence requirements for both data tables and layout tables, and the easy way to determine the difference between table types​

Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu discusses why an inclusive mindset is critical for building both productive workplaces and technology innovations—and why it's important for as many people as possible to help DOL and PEAT brainstorm ideas for advancing accessible workplace technology by participating in the national dialogue.

Today, the ability to use ICT technologies is a core element of most jobs, but many applications and websites aren't accessible to everyone. What if employees could use the access features they need anywhere, anytime, on any device? In our September PEAT Talk, Raising the Floor’s Gregg Vanderheiden revealed that this reality may be closer than you think. 

As of May 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into 171 settlement agreements addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to ICT accessibility. Through these agreements, employers and other covered entities can understand DOJ priorities related to website and ICT accessibility and how to proactively comply with existing rules and guidance.

Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to provide a free online course titled “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition” for hiring managers and recruiters.

PEAT joined federal leaders and accessibility experts on October 20, 2015 at the 2015 Federal Accessibility Forum, held as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This one-day event was open to federal employees, contractors, and others working to ensure the technologies they use, develop, and promote are accessible. Participants shared best practices, learned about new technologies, and networked with colleagues and accessible technology experts. All presentation materials from the event are available for download.

Event Date: 
October 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

Maria Town, Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, discusses the important work that the current Administration has done to promote the use of accessible technology in workplaces nationwide. 

TechCheck is a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to improve them.

It’s no surprise that a team effort is essential for providing accessibility professionals with a strong network of professional support, and in our August PEAT Talk, Rob Sinclair discussed how the recent merger of IAAP and G3ict will promote and support the accessibility profession on a more global scale.

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, much of the technology currently used in workplace did not yet exist. In honor of the ADA's 26th anniversary, legal expert Bobby Silverstein recently sat down with PEAT for an in-depth Q&A exploring how the ADA applies to workplace ICT, and how recent settlements are impacting this issue.

When growing an accessible workplace technology effort, it can be daunting to efficiently address gaps in your knowledge base. However, you don't have to do it alone. Eliza Greenwood recently attended the annual AccessU conference to improve her own skills, and reports that the opportunity to practice digital accessibility "hands on" in computer labs made a big difference.

Last month’s M-Enabling Summit brought international leaders together from a range of fields connected to the promotion and advancement of accessible mobile applications—and allowed PEAT to advance key actions related to accessible technology issues impacting employment though a policy roundtable and a panel discussion.

Could your company’s social media recruitment practices be inadvertently screening out qualified candidates with disabilities? In our June PEAT Talk, digital marketer Eliza Greenwood discussed the simple steps you can take to ensure that your messaging is reaching a full audience.

Transcript of the webinar PEAT Talks: Social Media & Job Recruiting–Leveling the “Playing Fields” featuring digital marketer Eliza Greenwood. This webinar was held on June 16, 2016.

Event Date: 
September 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

What if users could invoke and use the ICT accessibility features they need anywhere, anytime, on any device? In this webinar, Raising the Floor's Gregg Vanderheiden discusses how and why they are building this new global infrastructure, and the potential it has to impact the employment of people with disabilities.​

Event Date: 
August 18, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

In this webinar Rob Sinclair, President of the IAAP Global Leadership Team, discusses the mission of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and how its recently announced merger with G3ict will help encourage the growth of a worldwide accessibility profession.​