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Next time you’re out and about, take a moment to notice how many people around you are wearing technology-enabled accessories. While not yet ubiquitous, wearable technology is making its way into our lives as an everyday part of our wardrobes−and for people with vision loss, such emerging technologies are providing unprecedented access to information about the world around them.
Jeff Bigham of Carnegie Mellon University discusses how computer scientists rely on crowdsourced testing to make technologies more accessible, and how the flexibility of crowd work intersects with growing opportunities in the gig economy for people with disabilities.
People with various permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities access the web in different ways. Check out the following tips to ensure that everyone can use your website—regardless of whether they can manipulate a mouse, their level of vision, how many colors they can see, how much they can hear, or how they process information.
Researcher Martez Mott is working to create new touch interaction techniques for mobile technologies using machine-based learning. In this episode, he explains how this emerging technology will improve workplace technology with touch screens by allowing users with a range of motor abilities to customize their touch techniques.
PEAT's 2017 Think Tank meeting explored key issues related to accessible workplace technology through working groups and rich facilitated discussions with 63 participants representing industry, government, academia, and the disability community. The event generated several tangible recommendations for closing the accessible technology skills gap, expanding government apprenticeship and workforce programs for people with disabilities, and encouraging the development of accessible products.
Here at PEAT, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of accessible technology in the workplace. But how do we ensure that budding computer engineers and programmers have the skills they need to develop accessible tech in the first place?
Scott Wiseman and Joe Bielawski discuss how the gig economy is helping the government to staff up, push projects forward, and increase efficiency—and the opportunities this may offer to job seekers with disabilities.
Paul Schroeder, Aira Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances, discusses how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of employment for people with vision loss, and other disabilities.
Many accessibility consultants are available for hire to help build and fix accessibility issues, and to provide staff trainings.
As you build and refine your accessible technology initiative, you can find additional training resources and support for yourself and staff through the following professional development resources:
This annual conference offers instructional courses in digital accessibility, including online sessions for remote attendees.
Resources for getting started with web accessibility. While the average employee doesn’t need to know the nuts and bolts of web accessibility, you’ll want to ensure that anyone involved with the website understands how to upload accessible content.
Bobby Silverstein discusses the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws related to accessible technology with respect to shifts to a gig or project-based workforce.
What does the future hold for accessible IT? Federal and industry executives from across the technology sector recently joined PEAT, supported by the General Services Administration (GSA), to share experiences, learn from each other, and discuss the future of accessible IT.
Digital recruitment is key to an effective talent sourcing strategy that engages all potential candidates, including those with disabilities. But with so many platforms to choose from, where should businesses begin?
Jutta Treviranus, Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, discusses how to improve artificial intelligence systems so they can better serve everyone, including people with disabilities.
Cisco's Project Lifechanger started out as a volunteer pilot program, and is now helping to transform the company's hiring and employment programs.
As part of our Future of Work series, PEAT has been exploring how coming technology and policy trends may impact people with disabilities at work. The following interview explores the growing gig or freelance economy.
By Bobby Silverstein, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC
The following document is background information I compiled for an interview with PEAT about the policy implications for people with disabilities participating in the gig economy.
The information below reflects my own research and analysis and does not represent the views of PEAT, the Department of Labor, or any other agency or organization. This background information should not be construed as providing legal advice; readers need to consult with their own attorney.
At this year's Coleman Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, PEAT had the opportunity to learn from experts working on the latest research on technology for people with cognitive disabilities, and to share with attendees the work we do around public policy and accessible workplace technology.
This webinar is focused on strategies to improve coordination between the public workforce system and employers to help businesses overcome barriers to recruiting, hiring, and training individuals with disabilities.
In recent years Facebook has become a tool for professional networking and on-the-job workplace productivity through its enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. In this webinar, Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland and Director of Policy Monica Desai discuss why and how Facebook has made accessibility a priority.
Getting thousands of employees to understand and integrate an accessibility mindset into their day-to-day work is no easy task. At Capital One, the accessibility team has launched a range of creative internal efforts to promote widespread awareness of accessibility standards and best practices.
The Paciello Group’s Henny Swan argues that it’s time to shift our thinking away from compliance by recognizing how accessible technology can enable people by design.
When it comes to accessibility, VPATs are the most common form of information exchange between vendors and their customers. And at Elsevier, they’ve found that making these reports an organizational priority simply makes good business sense.
Jessica Miller-Merrell is a technologist who focuses her efforts in human resources, healthcare, and the workplace. In this webinar, she discussed how recruiters and HR leaders can prioritize their digital recruiting options and move these efforts forward by developing smaller initiatives designed to drive change and establish buy-in.
For this event, participants were eligible to receive HRCI/SHRM credit.
This new video explores the connection between the six phases of employment and where accessible IT comes into play.
Mark Penicook explores Capital One’s efforts to integrate accessibility awareness across their internal brand and to establish enterprise-wide accessibility standards and best practices.
Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place. This new resource helps employers and their purchasing staff build accessibility and usability into their information and communication technology (ICT) procurement processes.
While jobs in the technology industry have grown exponentially, they’re not always accessible to applicants with disabilities—and Ather Sharif is on a mission to change that.
This year's USBLN conference focused on “Disability: A Catalyst for Innovation" and showcased accessible technology’s role in fostering business success.
This short video describes the six phases of the employment lifecycle and the technologies associated with each phase.
For a detailed list of technologies used by employers and employees to navigate each of these six stages, check out our infographic.
Accessibility experts Ted Gies and Jay Nemchik discussed the business significance of VPATs, and their best practices for handling requests.
People with disabilities are propelling technology to become more accessible—which in turn is driving innovative breakthroughs from both companies and the people with disabilities who work at them.
AJCs can use this handy one-pager to reference ICT accessibility best practices related to websites, online systems, and other tools.
This fact sheet offers AJCs an “at-a-glance” overview of the tech-related implications of WIOA, and where to find assistance in meeting accessible ICT responsibilities.
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.