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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?

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.

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.

Event Date: 
November 16, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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.

An overview of the types of solicitations you can use to achieve a successful procurement. 

Best practices for managing vendor performance and relationships in the post-procurement phase

 

    If you don’t already have executive buy-in for your commitment to accessibility and usability, it’s time to make the case to the powers that be—whether they are top leaders in your organization, your chief information officer (CIO), or the head of procurement. 

    When it comes to fostering an ICT procurement process that prioritizes accessibility and usability, the first step is to set your procurement priorities. 

    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.

    Designed for internal staff presentations within AJCs, this ready-to-share presentation deck is a perfect tool to train staff on WIOA and accessible technology best practices.

     WIOA and Accessible Technology: A Digital Access Primer for American Job Centers

    Dr. Shea Tanis, Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, recently joined PEAT to discuss why technology access is everyone’s right, and how tech solutions are changing employment opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities.

    Event Date: 
    September 21, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    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.

    For those who follow the world of web accessibility, this year brought a big development—the first public draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (

    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.

    Intuit's Ted Drake recently shared some firsthand knowledge and tips for how jobseekers with disabilities can improve their appeal as potential candidates by using social media to craft their own digital brand.

    People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. Learn more about this official statement by a coalition of disability organizations and individuals, and how interested parties can sign on to endorse it.

    Right out of the gate, this year's M-Enabling Summit had us thinking about our mission in a brand-new way, with an emphasis on one surprising word: octopus.    

    AccessibilityOZ founder Gian Wild explores why PDFs can be tricky from an accessibility perspective, and best practices for using them.

    This article outlines accessibility best practices for PDFs.

    This year’s Accessibility Hack at the Web For All (W4A) Conference demonstrated that collaboration from diverse backgrounds pays big dividends when it comes to accessibility—and that developers can often make easy changes that make a big difference for end users, even when retrofitting a product.

    PEAT’s work to foster collaboration and action around accessibility in the workplace would not be possible without contributions from the strong global community that supports us, comprised of accessibility experts, employers, government entities, disability advocates, and others. In celebration of GAAD, here's a list of some of our favorite actionable quotes from our contributors. 

    Taleo is the leading applicant tracking system (ATS) used by HR professionals worldwide to source and manage talent. Recently, the Taleo team sat down with PEAT to discuss Oracle’s ongoing journey to make this platform accessible to users with disabilities.

    Event Date: 
    June 15, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    Today, eRecruiting dominates all aspects of hiring & recruiting, and a successful job search starts by investing in a digital brand. For students with disabilities in particular, strategically shaping an online persona can open many career doors. In this webinar, Intuit’s Ted Drake profiles how several people with disabilities leveraged social media to start successful careers.​

    Event Date: 
    July 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    Shea Tanis, Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, led a discussion of why technology and information access is a critical right for everyone, and how technology solutions are changing employment opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities. 

    Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

    PEAT recently chatted with Drew LaHart, Program Director for Accessibility Competency and Enablement of IBM Accessibility Research, and Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer of Microsoft, to learn how their companies are approaching accessibility today and what they predict for the future.

    Keeping with tradition, this year's conference delivered another robust line-up of educational sessions highlighting worldwide efforts to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities.

    Event Date: 
    May 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

    In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), W4A Conference Chair Vivienne Conway recounts the top trends emerging from the global conference Web For All 2017: The Future of Accessible Work. 

     

    Today, everything from your paycheck to your company’s recruitment portal is likely powered by electronic payroll systems and human capital management platforms. Jennifer Ravalli of ADP recently joined PEAT to discuss how and why ADP has worked with accessible software provider AudioEye to make their cloud-based HR platforms more accessible.

    Event Date: 
    March 21, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    Today, many industries are actively recruiting people with autism and other neurological disabilities into their workforces, particularly in fields such as accounting, engineering, and information technology. Join PEAT and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) for a Twitter Chat to discuss the specific ways employers can leverage accessible technology to meet the needs of neurodiverse individuals—and also maximize the productivity of all employees. You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #PEATTalks.

    Explore detailed policy analysis and other resources to help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

    Headed to CSUN 2017? Marcy Sutton of Deque Systems invites developers and non-developers alike to help make workplace technology products more accessible to people with disabilities by joining the aXe Hackathon.

    Rachel Kerrigan of the Perkins-Business Partnership joined PEAT Talks to discuss how they are helping to bridge the hiring gap for people with disabilities by educating HR professionals online about common barriers to access. 

    AccessibilityOz CEO Gian Wild explains why making your videos accessible also boosts user engagement generally.

    Event Date: 
    February 16, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

     In this webinar, Jennifer Ravalli of ADP and Dan Sullivan of AudioEye discuss how they have worked to make ADP's human capital management (HCM) software more accessible for employees with disabilities.

    By 2020, experts predict that 82% of consumer web traffic will be video. This factsheet on producing accessible videos will help ensure that your videos reach a full audience.

    The annual HR Technology Conference is always an essential event for PEAT, given their focus on technology tools and trends shaping the field of human resources. This year we left feeling more excited and energized than ever, because the topic of accessibility is finally starting to take hold in the hearts and minds of HR Tech stakeholders.

    We asked employers which topic area they be most interested in PEAT creating a resource for. Results of our ongoing poll are available below.

    Images are a core aspect of most website designs today, and they can even increase the accessibility of a webpage for many users, such as employees and job seekers with cognitive and learning disabilities. Adding graphics, drawings, illustrations, graphs, and charts can benefit many users by increasing a person’s ability to understand the concepts at hand.

    Writing good alternative text for website images means focusing on quality, not quantity. To ensure equal access for employees and job seekers using screen readers, you must tailor each image description on your website to the specific context it is used in. 

    Section 255 requires manufacturers to ensure that telecommunications equipment and services are designed, developed, and fabricated to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, when it is readily achievable to do so.

    A key step in ensuring an accessible workplace is to ensure that all web resources used by employees and jobseekers are accessible. And because tables are used in structuring many webpages, you’ll want to be sure that yours are correctly formatted.

    Table accessibility is important to people with the following disabilities:

    If you’ve got a website, you may be relying on tables to convey information. But if those tables are not created correctly, they can create a real mess for employees and job seekers trying to access the information they need, particularly people who are blind, people with low vision, and people with cognitive disabilities. To learn what makes a good table—and the pitfalls of bad ones!—please read on.

    Today, the ability to use ICT technologies is a core element of most jobs, but many applications and websites aren't accessible to everyone. What if employees could use the access features they need anywhere, anytime, on any device? In our September PEAT Talk, Raising the Floor’s Gregg Vanderheiden revealed that this reality may be closer than you think. 

    Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to provide a free online course titled “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition” for hiring managers and recruiters.

    PEAT joined federal leaders and accessibility experts on October 20, 2015 at the 2015 Federal Accessibility Forum, held as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This one-day event was open to federal employees, contractors, and others working to ensure the technologies they use, develop, and promote are accessible. Participants shared best practices, learned about new technologies, and networked with colleagues and accessible technology experts. All presentation materials from the event are available for download.

    Event Date: 
    October 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

    Maria Town, Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, discusses the important work that the current Administration has done to promote the use of accessible technology in workplaces nationwide. 

    It’s no surprise that a team effort is essential for providing accessibility professionals with a strong network of professional support, and in our August PEAT Talk, Rob Sinclair discussed how the recent merger of IAAP and G3ict will promote and support the accessibility profession on a more global scale.

    Last month’s M-Enabling Summit brought international leaders together from a range of fields connected to the promotion and advancement of accessible mobile applications—and allowed PEAT to advance key actions related to accessible technology issues impacting employment though a policy roundtable and a panel discussion.