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    A report summarizing highlights from a PEAT-sponsored online dialogue is now available. Titled, The ASAN-PEAT National Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics, the report outlines the ideas and comments received during a crowdsourcing event hosted by PEAT, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) from December 30, 2013 to January 10, 2014. During the two-week online event, 333 participants contributed 32 unique ideas and provided 132 comments and close to 350 votes. The ideas and comments received will be used by ASAN and PEAT to develop recommendations to help make online tools more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities who are seeking jobs or using the Internet to work.

    On August 6, PEAT hosted its first public webinar, "Employers and Accessible Technology: The What, Why, and How." Presenters shared important information for employers on ensuring that the technology in their workplaces is accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities. The nuts and bolts webinar included a basic primer on accessible technology and its relevance to employers and their bottom line. View an archived version of the September 6, 2014 webinar.

    On September 3, PEAT hosted the second event in its kickoff webinar series, "Designing for the Future: Building Accessible Technology for the Workplace." Presenters discussed the numerous advantages of developing and marketing technology products that are accessible to users with disabilities—or better yet, products that are universally designed. Attendees learned why accessibility matters to their  company, their workplace, and their customers.

    PEAT has announced the addition of several new members to the PEAT Network, a connected and vibrant community that will exchange information and success stories, provide a sounding board for the voices of key stakeholders, and generate new ideas for advancing accessible workplace technology. The latest PEAT Networkers include: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Canon USA, CTIA - The Wireless Association, Deque Systems, Ernst and Young, IBM, Oracle Corporation, and the World Institute on Disability (WID).

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced the launch of PEATworks.org—a comprehensive web portal spearheaded by ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).  

    Tell us about your experiences!  PEAT is conducting a national survey about online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and focus PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

    The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is pleased to announce a new virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. ET, PEAT Talks are designed to be energetic and interactive discussions highlighting a spectrum of exciting work. Featured speakers will deliver a 10- to 15- minute talk and then field questions from attendees.

    Online job application with magnifying glassPEAT is pleased to announce the launch of TalentWorks—a free online tool for employers and human resources professionals that helps them ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities. PEAT created the tool based on its national survey of people with disabilities where 46% of respondents rated their last experience applying for a job online as "difficult to impossible." Among the tool's features are general background on accessibility and eRecruiting, as well as practical tip sheets and videos on making online job applications, digital interviews, pre-employment tests and resume upload programs accessible.

    The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will award up to 10 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants of $75,000 each to small businesses seeking to develop innovative products, processes or services that will benefit people with disabilities. Final applications are due April 25, 2016.

    As a follow-up to a PEAT roundtable, PEAT's Think Tank recently met with Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu in a virtual forum to explore ways to support the employment of people with disabilities through effective accessible tech policy and awareness building.

    The Department of Justice is requesting approval to research the benefits of accessible web content for people who are blind—including websites and ICT that are essential in most workplaces today. These results would inform future rulemaking under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including the ADA's application to accessible workplace technology.

    PEAT encourages public comments from stakeholders committed to accessible technology in the workplace in order to help assess the need for this research, and best practices for gathering the information. You can submit comments until August 30, 2016

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was written in 1990—long before the proliferation of the Internet and today's technologies. In this recorded webinar, one of the architects of the ADA, Bobby Silverstein, discusses his perspective on the development of the ADA and its application today to accessible workplace technology.