eNews · April 2018
PEAT is partnering with Apprenti to build bridges between the technology industry and inclusive apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are on the rise in recent years due to employer demand and proven results, and the tech industry is primed for apprenticeship success given the current scarcity of computer engineers. Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs can help companies quickly bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace—including people with disabilities.
In order to successfully implement inclusive technology practices, the relevant staff across your organization will need training in accessibility. This new tool compiles resources for getting started with training your staff in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles, from executives to web developers.
PEAT is proud to partner with Teach Access, a collaboration of top tech sector companies, universities, and disability advocacy organizations, to promote an important new initiative. Teach Access is awarding grants to faculty at institutions of higher education (community colleges and four-year universities) to develop modules, presentations, exercises, or curriculum enhancements or changes that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into existing technology-focused courses. Proposals are due June 4, 2018, so be sure to spread the word and apply!
Several PEAT stakeholders recently weighed in on the following topic: “What emerging workplace trends or technology do you think will have the biggest impact on people with disabilities in the next 5 years? What do you see as possible accessibility concerns or solutions related to these coming trends?”
Episode 7: Developing Talent to Make Workplace Technology Accessible with Larry Goldberg and Kate Sonka of Teach Access
Episode 6: Machine Learning's Role in Workplace Inclusion with Jeff Bigham of Carnegie Mellon University
Save the Date
TWITTER CHAT Wednesday, April 25, 1pm ET
Join a conversation with PEAT and the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) to explore the ways that businesses and state policymakers can support the widespread development and implementation of accessible technology in the workplace. This event is held in partnership with the ePolicyWorks online dialogue Work Matters: Harnessing Innovation to Advance Workforce Opportunities. To join the Twitter chat and follow along, use the hashtag #EPWChat.
ANNOUNCEMENT Open enrollment until May 2
Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to provide this free, self-paced online course for hiring managers and recruiters. The curriculum includes PEAT’s own TalentWorks tool, which provides key resources to help employers make their eRecruiting technologies accessible
EVENT Thursday, May 17, Washington DC
Please join for presentations from TPG’s experts, PEAT Deputy Director Corinne Weible, and Freedom Scientific:
- A Day in the Life of a Blind Person
- Assistive Technology Compatibility with Mainstream Technology
- VPAT 2.0: Accessibility Compliance Reporting (IS AWESOME)
- The Future of Work: How Emerging Workplace Trends are Affecting People with Disabilities
- Demonstrations of our new products: JAWS Inspect and TPG Tutor
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendance is limited to 100 guests. Please RSVP by May 4.
WEBINAR Thursday, June 21, 2pm ET
In recent years Facebook has become a tool for professional networking and on-the-job workplace productivity through its enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. In this webinar, Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland and Director of Policy Monica Desai will discuss why and how Facebook has made accessibility a priority.
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.
Salimah LaForce explains how people with disabilities can help make wireless technologies more accessible by participating in the latest release of the Wireless RERC’s Survey of User Needs (SUN). First launched in 2001, this cornerstone survey provides essential data to engineers, designers, the wireless industry, and government regulators to help make wireless technology more accessible.
Our team joined thousands of accessibility enthusiasts from around the globe at the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference last month to exchange insights about the progress of accessibility efforts in technology and business, and to learn what is in store for the future.
In a recent PEAT Talk, Paul Schroeder of Aira explored how wearable technology is making its way into our lives as an everyday part of our wardrobes−and for people with vision loss, such emerging technologies are providing unprecedented access to information about the world around them.