Gregg Vanderheiden, Executive Director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Maryland and Co-Director of Raising the Floor, discusses how employers can find and select accessible workplace technology. Gregg also introduces us to Morphic, an innovative operating system extension that makes assistive technologies and settings show up on any computer a person needs to use.
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.
Reyma McDeid, Executive Director of the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL), discusses how employers can address their business needs and meet those needs by hiring a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities.
As in previous years, CES 2020 showcased promising technologies for expanding employment success for people with disabilities in the workplace. This year, one exciting difference we noticed among many of the next-generation technologies on display was a greater focus on creating technology to optimize and personalize spaces for a wide range of users.
Joel Ward, Technology Strategist and AR Product Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses the current and future impact of XR on workplace training and how the XR Access initiative is working to make virtual, mixed, and augmented realities accessible.
What will the next 30 years look like for people with disabilities? Emerging technologies are rapidly changing the world of work.
Accessibility means that everyone can use the exact same technology as anyone else—regardless of whether they can manipulate a mouse, how much vision they have, how many colors they can see, how much they can hear, or how they process information. Accessible technology adds layers into computer operating systems, mobile phones, and more to allow people with disabilities to access the same information as everyone else.