eNews · February 2018
The 2017 PEAT Think Tank meeting gathered 63 participants representing industry, government, academia, and the disability community for working discussions of key issues surrounding accessible workplace technology. The event generated several tangible recommendations for closing the accessible technology skills gap, expanding government apprenticeship and workforce programs for people with disabilities, and encouraging the development of accessible products.
People with various permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities access the web in different ways. Check out the following tips to ensure that everyone can use your website—regardless of whether they can manipulate a mouse, their level of vision, how many colors they can see, how much they can hear, or how they process information.
In December, PEAT launched a new podcast with the leading HR blog Workology.com to explore how emerging technology trends in the workplace are impacting people with disabilities. Recent episodes include:
- Machine Learning and Ability-based Design with Martez Mott, University of Washington Information School (February 15, 2018)
- The Place For Gig Economy in Government with Scott Wiseman and Joe Bielawski, Knowledge Services (January 31, 2018)
- How the Freelance Economy Changes Universal Access for Employers with Bobby Silverstein, Powers, Pyles, Sutter, and Verville, PC (January 17, 2017)
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) recently announced the launch of its brand-new website. It offers in-depth information and coordinating media products to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including the award-winning “I Can,” “Because” and “Who I Am” PSAs.
Save the Date
TWITTER CHAT Wednesday, March 7, 1pm ET
Apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities are key to creating pathways to employment for youth and young adults with disabilities. PEAT is proud to be partnering with ePolicyWorks and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth for a Twitter chat to talk about inclusive and accessible options for readying a skilled workforce and explore the ways that businesses, state policymakers, and family members of people with disabilities can best support and promote career readiness. This event is being held in conjunction with the ePolicyWorks online dialogue, “Work Matters: Readying a Skilled Workforce,” hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED). 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.
CONFERENCE March 20-23, San Diego
Join PEAT at this essential annual event for everyone working on the advancement and use of accessible technology. We'll be presenting two in-person workshops:
- The Future of Accessible Work: Trends, Technology & Policy (Jutta Treviranus, Inclusive Design Research Centre and Josh Christianson, PEAT), Wednesday March 21, 10am PT
- Strategic Approaches for Buying Accessible Technology (Jeff Kline, State of TX, Jay Wyant, State of MN, and Corinne Weible, PEAT), Thursday, March 22, 2:20pm PT
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.
Larry Goldberg of Oath and Jeff Wieland of Facebook recently met with PEAT to discuss how the Teach Access initiative is working to help budding computer engineers and programmers gain the skills they need to develop accessible tech.