The Future of Work: Trends, Technology & Policy

The world of work is changing. Increasing numbers of employees are working remotely, and they rely on multiple technologies to stay connected to their employers, clients, and collaborators. Workplace technology is also changing, with virtual meetings, artificial intelligence (AI) and extended reality (XR) rising rapidly into mainstream use. But where do people with disabilities fit into these trends? The following resources explore the potential of technology to break barriers in the workplace, and how employers, developers, designers, and others can help build a future of work that is born accessible.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-powered platforms are now used to screen job applicants, streamline the application process, and provide on-the-job training. While AI holds tremendous potential for both employers and employees to make workplaces more inclusive, it also carries risks for people with disabilities related to privacy, ethics, and bias.

Autonomous Vehicles (AV)

If developed with accessibility at the forefront, AV offers a renewed opportunity to tackle one of the most difficult issues our society has been attempting to overcome for decades: equitable access to transportation and employment.

Digital Accessibility

With digital devices, platforms, and documents becoming the primary methods used by individuals to execute work and engage in daily life, it’s more important than ever for employers to prioritize digital accessibility for employees and job applicants.

Extended Reality (XR)

XR is changing the way we interact with the world around us and will, undoubtedly, shape the future of work. In fact, companies are already using these immersive technologies to train staff, enhance collaboration, and market products and services.

Future of Work Podcast

Join PEAT and leading HR blog to explore how emerging technology trends in the workplace are impacting people with disabilities

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The Accessibility Playbook for Emerging Technology Initiatives

This playbook provides a blueprint for anyone seeking to launch a successful initiative to drive the development of emerging technologies that are accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities—including industry leaders, those launching start-ups, academics, advocates, government leaders, and others.

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Staff Training

Find detailed guidance for training employees across your organization with the accessibility knowledge they need, specific to their role.


TalentWorks is a free online tool for employers and human resources professionals that helps them ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities.


This procurement guide for employers and their purchasing staff helps ensure that the ICT you buy and implement works for as many people as possible.

Policy Matters

Find policy analysis and news regarding laws and regulations, court decisions, and government resources related to the accessibility of technology used in all aspects of employment.