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PEAT:  The Future of Work Newsletter
October Newsletter - NDEAM Edition
The poster is rectangular in shape with a deep rust color background. A cream-colored depiction of the United States and its territories spreads across the poster and is covered with illustrations of people of diverse races, sizes and disabilities wearing colorful outfits. Written in bold letters in the center of the map is the 2021 NDEAM theme, America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. Under the theme in smaller letters are the words National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Along the bottom (left to right) is the DOL logo, followed by ODEP’s logo, followed by the words Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor. In the right lower corner is ODEP’s website, dol.gov/ODEP, with hashtagNDEAM underneath.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! To celebrate, the PEAT team chose this month to launch several exciting new resources that will help your organization embrace and implement new technologies in accessible ways.

AI & Disability Inclusion Toolkit

PEAT’s AI & Disability Inclusion Toolkit is filled with strategic tips, checklists and a 10-step Playbook that guides organizations through the process of implementing artificial intelligence (AI) tools with equity and inclusion at the forefront.

Inclusive, Immersive Workplace Technologies

To showcase the possibilities of inclusive extended reality (XR) in the workplace, PEAT collaborated with the XR Association to develop two new resources. The first resource is an introductory Brief that gives leaders an overview of how accessible XR tools can benefit their organizations. The second resource is an in-depth White Paper that covers why workplaces should implement inclusive XR and how they can get started. 
Future of Work Podcast

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

The Employer Assistance & Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is hosting the webinar, Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last. Join the webinar to learn how leading companies build and sustain disability-inclusive cultures and how your organization can apply these lessons to build a stronger, more inclusive workplace as you recover from the pandemic.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET

Join U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, newly appointed Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams and other special guests for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Chike Aguh, Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, will participate in a panel on Virtual Industries and Jobs of the Future at the AR/VR Policy Conference. Additionally, Bill Curtis-Davidson, PEAT’s Co-director, will present during the Lightning Round: Priorities for an AR/VR Policy Agenda.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Applications are open for the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator’s newest cohort: Disability Innovation. Startups building tech for and with the disability community will receive $50K in funding, tech coaching, mentorship and more. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Chike Aguh will be speaking at the XR Association’s first annual Limitless Future Conference. In addition, PEAT’s own Ashley Coffey and Bill Curtis-Davidson will each lead a breakout session at the conference.

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