About Josh Christianson

Josh Christianson is Project Director for the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) where he leads efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce through apprenticeship. Josh has extensive experience in supporting the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts of non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and government agencies. He is the former co-director of PEAT, where he built cross-sector partnerships to shape the policies and practices contributing to the development of accessible emerging technologies in the workplace.

Inclusive Apprenticeships: The Importance of Accessibility

Apprenticeship programs provide participants with opportunities to learn in-demand skills, earn a competitive wage and work with their mentors to sharpen their skill sets to enter into well-paying jobs in growing industries including clean energy, IT, cybersecurity, healthcare, and more. In fact, apprentices enrolled in an apprenticeship program can increase their lifetime earnings by almost $100,000 [...]

2023-11-15T18:59:56+00:00Published: November 16th, 2021|Tags: , |

CES 2020: It’s personal. Have you heard?

As in previous years, CES 2020 showcased promising technologies for expanding employment success for people with disabilities in the workplace. This year, one exciting difference we noticed among many of the next-generation technologies on display was a greater focus on creating technology to optimize and personalize spaces for a wide range of users. […]

2024-01-24T18:54:11+00:00Published: March 6th, 2020|Tags: |

PEAT and Our Partners Brief U.S. Senate on Website Accessibility

Last month, PEAT was excited to join a U.S. Senate staff briefing on “Improving Website Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities,” which was sponsored by Senators Bob Casey and Amy Klobuchar. In collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and partners, we provided Senate staff with concrete ideas for how to improve the accessibility of [...]

2023-11-15T18:38:18+00:00Published: February 6th, 2020|Tags: |

Discussions on Artificial Intelligence Dominate HR Tech 2019

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition (HR Tech) is one of the top global events showcasing emerging technologies and tools transforming the human relations (HR) industry. This year, platforms utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) continued to trend at HR Tech. The conference also infused a new focus on mitigating bias and ensuring that AI tools can align [...]

2023-11-08T21:18:34+00:00Published: November 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Reflections from the Road: What PEAT Learned Along the Conference Circuit

For several members of the PEAT team, October was a busy month of travel, talk, and trend spotting as we headed west to attend three conferences: the Coleman Institute on Cognitive Disabilities Annual Conference(link is external) (October 15); HR Technology Conference and Expo (HR Tech)(link is external) (October 18-21); and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals [...]

2024-01-24T17:10:05+00:00Published: November 20th, 2015|