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    Live recording of the webinar "Designing for the Future: Building Accessible Technology for the Workplace." The webinar was recorded on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Presenters discussed the numerous advantages to developing and marketing technology products that are accessible to users with disabilities—or better yet, products that are universally designed. View the archived webinar below to learn why accessibility matters to your company, your workplace, and your customers.

    IBM is a global technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, the company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud, and consulting services.

    IBM has also been a leader in the accessible technology arena for more than 100 years, and in July 2014, it appointed Frances West as the company's first chief accessibility officer. PEAT recently talked with West about her new role and IBM's approach to accessibility.

    Live recording of the webinar "Expanding What it Means to Be Accessible: Addressing the Workplace Technology Needs of Users with Cognitive Disabilities." The webinar was recorded on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

    Social media is a key tool for employers today to attract talent and promote their brand. In this live recording, founder Dennis Lembree discusses the inclusive Twitter application Easy Chirp (link is external), which provides the ability to "tweet" accessible images. This innovation has won several awards, including the 2014 FCC Chairman’s Award for the Advancement in Accessibility.

    Live recording of a discussion with Adam Streets about GettingHired (link is external)’s accessible platform for job seekers, and the feedback the company has received from job seekers on the application process.

    Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, one of the behind-the-scenes architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reflects upon how the ADA is now increasingly playing a critical role in ensuring equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT).

    "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) is an increasingly popular policy and practice in workplaces today. In this recorded webinar, Dana Marlowe, Accessibility Partners LLC (link is external), discusses the accessibility advantages BYOD can offer for both employers and technology users.

     

    Event Date: 
    September 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    This webinar will discuss best practices for testing Portable Document Format (PDF) files for accessibility and, in particular, for compliance with federal Section 508 Standards.

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    Event Date: 
    October 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm PDT

    Please join PEAT at the inaugural International Association for Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Conference in Henderson, NV. PEAT will present the findings from our nationwide Accessibility and Online Job Applications Survey, as well as our new TalentWorks tool. This new resource will launch this fall and will help employers and developers understand how to avoid common pitfalls and ensure better accessibility in the talent acquisition process. We hope to see you there!

    Event Date: 
    October 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

    Hosted by Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), this webcast will focus on the potential role of technology to enhance employment for people with disabilities in two ways – job and career path opportunities, and the creation of technology-based tools for facilitating productivity in select job tasks, including access to workplace communication channels.

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    PEAT is seeking stories that demonstrate the power of accessible technology in fueling the employment success of people with disabilities. If you are an employee with a disability or an employer with experiences to share in this area, please submit a short personal statement.

    Event Date: 
    November 19, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    BizAbility founders Ted Drake, Principal Engineer at Intuit, and JJ Meddaugh, President of AT Guys, introduce this new, community-driven resource for business owners with disabilities and entrepreneurs to find the accessible tools they need to build and run their business effectively.

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    October 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    Looking for a way to learn, share best practices, and mark NDEAM from the comfort of your own computer? Just log on to Twitter on October 28 from 2:00 - 2:30 ET, when PEAT will be moderating a Twitter chat on leading accessible technology practices designed to help all workers and advance the employment of people with disabilities. The chat will build upon PEAT's October 15 PEAT Talk on "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) policies and explore other ways to foster accessible workplaces through universal design. Participants can join this real-time Twitter conversation by following @PEATworks and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks.    

    In the spirit of NDEAM, PEAT guest contributor Dana Marlowe explores how the practice of "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) can boost productivity and help people of all abilities succeed on the job. "Nowhere does BYOD have more potential and measurable benefit than in the employment of people with disabilities," she writes. Marlowe is the founder and president of IT consulting firm Accessibility Partners.

    How do people with disabilities use the Internet to search for and apply for jobs? Daniel Ferro, senior interaction designer at Forum One, explores the ways that people with various disabilities interact with eRecruiting tools. His message to employers and HR professionals? "Don’t think of accessibility as a troublesome box you need to check—think about it in terms of your opportunity to connect with the best talent."