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W3C Releases Immersive Captioning Recommendations

If you watch content on your phone or computer, you have probably used closed captioning at some point. Closed captioning typically appears on screens in a standard format, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for closed captioning on television. But have you ever wondered how captioning works in an immersive environment, such as virtual reality [...]

2024-05-07T15:24:58+00:00Published: May 7th, 2024|Tags: , |

Digital Equity and the Disability Ecosystem: Finding Local, Regional, and National Connections

People with disabilities are part of diverse communities that benefit from equitable access to broadband internet. As State Digital Equity Plans help more people get connected, it is vital to center disabled people in the process. These Plans should include the needs and perspectives of people with disabilities to ensure that new broadband investments help close the digital divide. The resources listed below can help State Digital Equity Plan creators and implementors engage with organizations that empower people with disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities.

2024-02-08T18:46:47+00:00Published: January 29th, 2024|Tags: , |

Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2

An update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is here. On October 5, 2023, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AGWG) officially released version 2.2 of WCAG. Due to the evolving digital landscape, these guidelines and standards must be reviewed and refreshed to ensure they address current needs. This is why [...]

2023-11-29T19:44:15+00:00Published: November 29th, 2023|Tags: , |

Accessibility in State Digital Equity Plans

Infusing State Broadband Planning with Inclusion and Accessibility What are State Digital Equity Plans? State Digital Equity Plans are a requirement for any State that receives funding from the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is managing this program to provide $60 million to fund the development of Digital [...]

2024-07-08T18:50:15+00:00Published: November 22nd, 2023|Tags: , |

PEAT Broadband Equity Think Tank Report

On July 20, 2023, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted a virtual Think Tank on Defining Disability Inclusion & Accessibility Technical Assistance (TA) & Resources for State Programs. The Think Tank’s goal was to help states build inclusive State Digital Equity Plans that serve the needs of people with disabilities and members of other covered populations that are named in the Digital Equity Act of 2021 who have historically experienced lower rates of internet and computer usage.

2024-02-02T14:59:01+00:00Published: September 11th, 2023|Tags: , , |

2023 AI in Hiring Think Tank Report

On April 17, 2023, we hosted a virtual Think Tank on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in hiring. The goal of this Think Tank was to begin creating an Inclusive Hiring Profile based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF). […]

2024-01-10T15:49:37+00:00Published: May 31st, 2023|Tags: , |

Spotlight on Digital Equity

At PEAT, we are passionate about ensuring that workers across the country have access to the digital tools they need to succeed. Digital tools at work include everything from strong broadband connections to artificial intelligence (AI) that reduces bias in the hiring process. […]

Spotlighting Accessibility in the New NIST AI Risk Management Framework

Overview In January 2023, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the highly anticipated Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (AI RMF 1.0) and companion NIST AI RMF Playbook. Together, these resources establish voluntary national standards to address risks in the development and use of AI products and services. Some of these risks relate to the use [...]

2024-01-10T14:45:23+00:00Published: March 16th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Reduce Bias & Increase Inclusion in Your AI Hiring Technology

Does your organization use artificial intelligence (AI) in your hiring process? If your organization uses tools to automate tasks, such as sorting through lists of skills on resumes or for something more complex such as tracking eye gaze during virtual interviews, then the tools are likely powered by AI. If you use AI in any stage [...]

2023-04-21T15:38:38+00:00Published: March 9th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Automated Surveillance Can Create Barriers for Workers with Disabilities

Employers are adopting new surveillance technologies to monitor and rank how employees move and behave on the job. However, this trend may create barriers for workers with disabilities and other underrepresented groups, undermining Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) goals. Surveillance technologies can result in negative workplace cultures and even cause legal issues for the employers who use them.