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In the tech industry, the investment that drives innovation is talent. Today, more and more tech companies are discovering a proven strategy for building a highly skilled workforce to grow and to thrive: apprenticeship programs. Combining classroom instruction with on the job training, apprenticeship programs can help your company bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace.

PEAT is partnering with Apprenti to build bridges between the technology industry and inclusive apprenticeship programs. Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs can help companies quickly bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace—including people with disabilities.

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.

 

Jeff Bigham of Carnegie Mellon University discusses how computer scientists rely on crowdsourced testing to make technologies more accessible, and how the flexibility of crowd work intersects with growing opportunities in the gig economy for people with disabilities.

Researcher Martez Mott is working to create new touch interaction techniques for mobile technologies using machine-based learning. In this episode, he explains how this emerging technology will improve workplace technology with touch screens by allowing users with a range of motor abilities to customize their touch techniques.

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.

Here at PEAT, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of accessible technology in the workplace. But how do we ensure that budding computer engineers and programmers have the skills they need to develop accessible tech in the first place?

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) recently announced the launch of its brand-new website. It offers in-depth information and coordinating media products to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including the award-winning “I Can,” “Because” and “Who I Am” PSAs.​

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) recently announced the launch of its brand-new website. It offers in-depth information and coordinating media products to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including the award-winning “I Can,” “Because” and “Who I Am” PSAs.