eNews · August 2019
PEAT's Future of Work series explores how emerging workplace technology trends can shape and affect employment access for people with disabilities. Check out the latest episodes:
- Creating Authentic & Inclusive Experiences for Your Workforce with strategic leader Frances West, who served as IBM’s first Chief Accessibility Officer
- Making Artificial Intelligence (AI) Inclusive for Hiring and HR with Dan Nichols, who is utilizing AI to build inclusive talent competencies into the Candidit hiring platform
- Data Visualization Accessibility for Employees, Teams, & Leaders with Doug Schepers, who discusses sonification and other innovative methods for making charts, graphs, and maps more interactive and accessible
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) takes place annually each October. This year’s NDEAM theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now." It emphasizes the essential talents and skills people with disabilities contribute to America’s economic success. This message especially resonates in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. Visit www.dol.gov/ndeam to access the media kit, download posters, and find other resources to celebrate NDEAM throughout October and all year long.
Save the Date
WEBINAR Thursday, August 29, 1pm ET
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar with leaders at EY and PepsiCo featuring strategies to foster a disability-inclusive culture across an organization.
Teams of designers and developers will compete to create accessible websites for nonprofit groups, musicians, and artists. Apply by Monday, September 9 if you are a developer or designer seeking to sharpen your accessibility skills or if you are in need of an accessible website and meet the qualifying criteria.
ANNOUNCEMENT October 7-8, Washington, DC
The Annual Inter-Agency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) focuses on accessibility as a business imperative to align the customer experience, website development, user experience (UX), and accessibility communities.
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.
Teach Access recently released a “Why Teach Accessibility” factsheet. This 2-page infographic helps higher education administrators, faculty, and others understand why today’s students need to learn accessibility best practices now to ensure that tomorrow’s technology is born accessible.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently established the Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Awards to honor federal contractors who demonstrate outstanding efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and advance people with disabilities. Recipients of the 2019 Gold Award (up to 2 large and 2 small contractors) will also receive a 3-year moratorium on OFCCP compliance evaluations. Applications are due August 31.