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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.

Broadband can create new opportunities for disabled people to succeed at work. With a reliable internet connection, they can work from home, tap into digital accommodations, and enhance their digital skills.

Bill Curtis-Davidson, PEAT’s Co-director, and Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder of LGBT Tech and Chair of the FCC Communications Equity and Diversity Council share personal experiences and insights to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and LGBTQ+ History Month.

XR technologies have the potential to create a positive and immersive experience for all employees. In hybrid workplaces, remote employees use XR tools to virtually work alongside colleagues who are in an office, allowing for seamless collaboration.

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Advocacy Organizations

Select resources and disability-focused organizations that can assist state and local digital equity leaders.

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.

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 [...]

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.

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. […]

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