Policy Matters

From the Section 508 refresh to progress around Section 501, the regulatory landscape influencing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) is ever evolving. To help employers, employees, and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, Policy Matters provides 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.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Options for Electric Car Warning Sounds

News and Top Trends

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently seeking feedback about whether drivers should have the ability to choose between a pre-set list of sounds that alert pedestrians to the presence of electric and hybrid cars when traveling at low speeds. The notice of proposed rulemaking also asks whether NHTSA should impose limits on the number of sounds that manufacturers may install.

Survey on Workplace Tech for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

News and Top Trends

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University is conducting a survey to examine considerations for workplace technology use by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2019.

The Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA)

IDEA Act

The year 2018 closed with the passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA), which promises to make federal websites more accessible, mobile friendly, and secure.

Featured Resources

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The 2014 WIOA Act requires American Job Centers to use technologies that are accessible to individuals with disabilities—and PEAT is here to help in these efforts.

Read more: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): What It Means for Accessible Technology and American Job Centers]
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Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to these federal regulations.

Read more: The Section 508 Refresh is Here!]
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Explore detailed analysis about the implications of 171 DOJ settlement agreements addressing ICT accessibility.

Read more: How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?]