In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Frances West joined PEAT to discuss how companies can use inclusion in their business to drive disruptive innovation. Frances formerly served as IBM’s first Chief Accessibility Officer and is the founder of FrancesWestCo.
Future of Work: Trends, Technology & Policy
The world of work is changing. As many as one in five workers now make up the “gig economy” of contingent and freelance work, and increasing numbers of employees are working remotely, either part or full time. Many of these workers rely on multiple technologies to stay connected to their employers, clients, and collaborators. Workplace technology is also changing, with live video, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) now entering the workplace. But where do people with disabilities fit into these trends? With the help of some of our partners, PEAT has developed several resources that start conversations around what we can expect to see in the coming years when it comes to the future of work.
Dan Nichols discusses how Candidit is using artificial intelligence to built a hiring platform based around inclusive talent competencies to reduce bias and better match employers to candidates with the specific skills they need.
Doug Schepers discusses sonification and other innovative methods of making charts, graphs, and maps more interactive and accessible to all users, including people with disabilities.
Jim Fruchterman discusses Benetech’s research on expanding employment success for people with disabilities, and how inclusive hiring and accessible technology intersect with Silicon Valley’s push to drive innovation.
On January 17, the PEAT Think Tank held an in-person meeting with leadership from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Based on an in-depth analysis of insights gathered at the meeting, PEAT has distilled a set of potential action steps that PEAT, DOL, and other organizations can use to prioritize emerging and prospective efforts around advancing accessible technology and employment.
Amitai Bin-Nun, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation at Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), discusses the factors that autonomous vehicle manufacturers need to consider from an inclusive design standpoint, and the potential this technology holds to bring new talent into the workforce.