eNews · April 2018

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​TWITTER CHAT Wednesday, April 25, 1pm ET

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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

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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

The Paciello Group is hosting a celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 17 in Washington, DC.

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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

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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.

In Focus

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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.

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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.

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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.