Webinar: Expanding What it Means to Be Accessible: Addressing the Workplace Technology Needs of Users with Cognitive Disabilities

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.

In recent years, great progress has been made in the area of accessible workplace technology—much of which has focused on ensuring that websites and online tools are accessible to people with physical or sensory disabilities.  But what about users with cognitive disabilities?  Using the web can often be complicated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or other conditions.  However, there are a number of exemplary accessibility practices to ensure that web-based technologies meet the needs of all users, including those with cognitive disabilities.  Please join PEAT and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) for a webinar exploring these important topics.

Viewers will learn:

  • Specific accessible technology needs of employees with cognitive disabilities.
  • Common issues that employees with cognitive disabilities encounter online and how that affects workplace productivity.
  • How employers can adopt workplace processes and procure technology tools to ensure usability for employees with cognitive disabilities.
  • What features and product specifications technology providers can design to improve user experience for individuals with cognitive disabilities.
  • Current efforts to gather information on technologies and techniques used to support individuals with cognitive disabilities and to create supporting standards.

Panelists include: 

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  • Richard Crespin (Moderator), CEO, CollaborateUp and Senior Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Tobias (Session Chair), Outreach Director, PEAT
  • Julia Bascom (Session Co-Chair), Director of Programs, ASAN
  • Peter Blanck, Burton Blatt Institute and author of eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by People with Cognitive Disabilities
  • Lisa Seeman, Cognitive Accessibility Task Force, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  • Greg McGrewLaboratory Coordinator, Assistive Technology Partners (ATP), University of Colorado-Denver
  • Emily Shea Tanis, Associate Director of Research University of Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

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