eNews · August 2019

News Briefs

Forbes examines why it is “imperative for American companies to rethink the Americans with Disabilities Act as not just a legal tool, but rather as a component of their strategic growth.”

The inaugural XR Access Symposium recently brought together 120+ leaders from industry, government, colleges and universities, and diverse user communities to discuss and plan solutions to solve the unique accessibility challenges presented by extended reality (XR). 

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.

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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.

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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.