Telework and Accessibility

The recent shift to telework for a staggering number of government and private sector employees has caused a surge in the use of digital communications systems. Employers and employees are now relying heavily on digital technologies to conduct business, collaborate with colleagues, host virtual events, and recruit and hire employees.

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 to prioritize digital accessibility. We've created the following resources to help equip employers with the information needed to ensure the digital workplace is accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Accessible Digital Communications 

Creating Accessible Content 

  • Learn how to create accessible emails, PDFs, documents, images, presentations, social media, multimedia, and content management systems by following these basic tips on digital accessibility from PEAT. 

Hosting Meetings and Presentations 

  • Once you've learned the process from the above articles, use this checklist to ensure that you take all necessary steps before, during, and after the meeting.

Staff Training & Devices 

  • Many employees may find it easiest to use personal devices with the accessibility features they need while working remotely. Read the PEAT post, “'Bring Your Own Device' and Accessibility” to learn more about best practices for handing BYOD requests. 

Resources for Employees with Disabilities 

  • For some, conducting business from home may be a new adventure, while others are veterans of remote work. These "Tips for Being an Effective Teleworker" were designed with people with disabilities in mind, but provide information that can be useful to anyone who is transitioning to remote work. 

Resources for Recruiting and Hiring Professionals 

Communicate Your Commitment 

Once your company commits to increasing the accessibility of its workplace technology, it’s helpful to your organization and employees to strategically communicate that commitment, both internally and externally. Here’s how: 

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is coming up on May 21, 2020! Learn how to participate in this annual global virtual event.