eNews · June 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering revising the rules implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency is looking at establishing accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities provided to the public by state and local governments–including many employment-related tools and resources.
For those wanting to read a more in-depth summary and analysis of the SANPRM before commenting, PEAT has prepared a policy brief that provides an overview of DOJ’s questions and the topics on which they’d like comments from the public. You can submit comments to DOJ until Monday, August 8, 2016.
We hope you can join PEAT next week at the annual M-Enabling Summit. M-Enabling promotes mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for people with disabilities. This annual event attracts key decision makers in the mobile industry and expert users and professionals from around the world.
PEAT Project Director Josh Christianson will present at the panel discussion "Enterprise Strategies for Inclusive Work Environments: Uncovering Human Capital" on Tuesday, June 14 at 3:30pm ET. The panel will focus on mobile technologies used by leading companies to support employees with disabilities.
According to a new survey report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 84% of organizations are now using social media for recruiting, up from 56% in 2011. These survey results add detail and paint a picture of what has become obvious: more and more, employers are posting job openings and information for job seekers on social media. And when these posts are not accessible, employers may be missing out on top talent.
One of the great promises of technology is that it can, and should, open the doors for people with disabilities to participate in the workplace by eliminating barriers. But when Deque web accessibility consultant and strategist Denis Boudreau investigated the basic accessibility of five top job hunting sites, the results were grim.
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Thursday, June 16, 2pm-2:30pm ET WEBINAR
Do you post job openings on Twitter and Instagram, or use LinkedIn to vet candidates? Today, 79% of job seekers use social media to locate job opportunities. In this webinar, digital marketer Eliza Greenwood will discuss steps to ensure that your social media recruiting efforts for active and passive talent can successfully reach candidates with disabilities.
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. To learn more, visit www.PEATworks.org.
PEAT’s Ben Caldwell reports on the successes of the recent WWW+W4A Hackathon hosted by PEAT and Google Montreal to make H5P (a popular web-based product used widely in workplaces and schools) more accessible. "It was truly inspirational," he notes, "to see how much progress a small group of individuals can make...particularly given that the majority of participants were new to both H5P and accessibility."
The organizers and winners of the international WWW+W4A Hackathon met up on Global Accessibility Awareness Day in May to discuss the innovations that resulted from the event. Check out the archived webinar PEAT Talks: Sharing Success from the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon. Speakers included:
- Volker Sorge, Managing Director of Progressive Accessibility Solutions and a member of the winning team;
- Svein-Tore Griff, Managing Director of Joubel, the primary inventor and architect of H5P, and Hackathon judge; and
- Greg Gay, 2016 Web For All (W4A) Conference Chair and Hackathon judge.