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.

 

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.

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People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. Learn more about this official statement by a coalition of disability organizations and individuals, and how interested parties can sign on to endorse it.

An infographic titled "Community Info" with a map of the United States on which the 10 states with active dialogue participants are highlighted. The infographic also summarizes participation, including 39 ideas posted, 266 votes, 130 comments, 213 users.
Top Ideas Chart. Description follows.
Training Tools for Procurement. Description follows.
Collaborate with Advocacy and Employer Organizations. Description follows.
Accessible Technology Awareness. Description follows.

This national crowdsourcing event generated numerous ideas for PEAT and DOL to consider, from educating IT procurement staff to refreshing market research to synchronizing government action around tech accessibility.