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PEAT:  The Future of Work Newsletter
You probably know the acronym DE&I, but have you heard about DEIA? DEIA stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility. Everyone has lived experiences that overlap and shape their identities. Whether you are a developer creating a new phone app or an employer purchasing virtual reality head-mounted devices, a successful accessibility initiative needs to consider DEIA to reflect people’s interconnected identities. Stay current on DEIA topics by visiting our new landing page today!
What's New?

PEAT Wins 2022 Disruptive Tech Program Award

PEAT’s AI & Disability Inclusion Toolkit won a 2022 Disruptive Tech Program award. The Disruptive Tech Program Award honors federal information technology programs that use technologies in new and disruptive ways while having a measurable impact on the culture and their organizations' missions.
 

Learn About XR & Mental Health Support

PEAT’s Emerging Technologies Lead, Ashley Coffey, discusses how she used extended reality (XR) technologies to navigate a recent episode of depression and shares interesting ways your employees might use XR tools to support their mental health.


Check Out PEAT’s March Presentation Slides

The PEAT team presented at both CSUN and axe-con in March. We posted our presentation slides – take a look and learn about inclusive extended reality and artificial intelligence.


Read an Overview of EEOC Informal Discussion Letters 

Our new article contains overviews of select informal discussion letters written by staff members at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in response to inquiries from members of the public. The selected letters discuss topics regarding workplace technology and employer obligations related to selection, pre-employment and confidentiality under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Future of Work Podcast
  • Creating a Truly Inclusive Workplace with PIA and PEAT, Josh Christianson & Devin Boyle from PIA and Ashley Coffey & Alexa Huth from PEAT. Four colleagues discuss their personal experiences as employees with disabilities, including mental health disabilities, visual impairment and substance use disorder.
     
  • Neurodiversity & Intersectionality: A Disclosure Challenge, Wesley Faulkner, Head of Community at SingleStore. Faulkner shares how being a person of color and having ADHD & dyslexia impacted disclosing his disability at work. He also reveals his vision for the inclusive workplace of the future.
Upcoming Events

AWE USA, "Designing and Developing for DEI + Accessibility"

  • Date: June 2, 2022 (in-person & live stream with registration)
  • Moderator: Bill Curtis-Davidson (PEAT); Presenters: Dylan Fox (XR Access), Nirav Desai (Moonbeam), Pia Zaragoza (Springboard), and Stephanie Montgomery (XR Association) 
  • Learn more about DEI + Accessibility at AWE USA 2022

AWE USA, "Disability-Inclusive Design of XR Collaboration Tools"

2022 XR Access Symposium

  • Date: June 9 - 10, 2022 (live stream for registrants, many sessions will be recorded)
  • Opening remarks from Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, Taryn Mackenzie Williams (U.S. Department of Labor). PEAT will be presenting in multiple sessions.
  • Learn more about the XR Access Symposium

SHRM Annual 2022, "How to Use Artificial Intelligence While Fostering Workplace Inclusion"

Accessibility Summer Camp 2022, "Breaking the Exclusion Cycle: Shared Perspectives on 2D & 3D A11y"

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