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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. 

This guide helps American Job Centers ensure that their websites, online systems and courses, and applications are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, as required by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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.

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

Taleo is the leading talent management system used by HR professionals worldwide. In this webinar, Senior Director of Oracle's Accessibility Program Peter Wallack, Product Management Director of Taleo Development Ali Moosvi, and Accessibility Test Engineer Priyanka Jampana​ will discuss the challenges and successes that their team has experienced, as well as the accessibility features currently in production.

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. 

 

Self-driving cars show exciting promise to address existing barriers for people with disabilities traveling to and from work—as long as developers incorporate accessibility into these technologies from the start.

This national crowdsourcing event generated numerous ideas for PEAT and DOL to consider, from educating IT procurement staff to refreshing market research to synchronizing government action around tech accessibility.

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.

This short video describes the origins and goals of TalentWorks and invites you to join the conversation.

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

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.

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

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.

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. 

Event Date: 
March 23, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

AccessibilityOz CEO​ Gian Wild and Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager at Adobe explore the accessibility challenges related to PDFs. Topics include how to handle issues such as an existing archive of untagged PDFs on a website. ​

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.

Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to the federal regulations covering the accessibility of ICT and telecommunications products and services.

Jenny Lay Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, recently joined PEAT Talks to offer her perspectives on the role that technology plays in creating a workplace culture of inclusion and accessibility.

Event Date: 
January 26, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

Video accessibility requires more than simply providing transcripts, captions and audio descriptions. Join AccessibilityOz CEO Gian Wild for a detailed demonstration, discussion, and Q&A about how to make videos accessible to people with disabilities.

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.

Event Date: 
January 19, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Rachel Kerrigan discusses how 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. 

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

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. 

The National Council on Disability’s 2016 report to Congress notably recognizes accessible workplace technology as a right for all Americans and a key pathway to employment, and provides actionable recommendations for the federal government, technology industry, and private and public sectors.

This 2010 law is the source of several new regulations aimed at addressing telecommunications accessibility in the digital age.

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.

The Rehab Act is designed to safeguard the civil rights of people with disabilities, and includes many regulations related to technology.

The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities—including Internet Web site access, mobile applications, and other forms of ICT

Transcript for Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Creating Accessible Tables for the Web, featuring Gian Wild of AccessibilityOz. Original recording date: November 9, 2016. 

Event Date: 
December 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Images are used on websites for many different functions, and each require a different approach for accessibility. In this webinar Gian Wild discusses how to ensure your images are both accessible and usable for people with disabilities.

 

Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement Maria Town joined PEAT recently for a lively conversation in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). During this PEAT Talk, Maria shared thoughtful insights about the state of accessible workplace technology, and the current Administration’s efforts to promote its use in workplaces nationwide.

Transcript of PEAT Talks: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Maria Town, Senior Associate Director for the White House's Office on Public Engagement. Recording date: October 20, 2016.

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.

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.

Event Date: 
November 17, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the Chief Accessibility Officer of Microsoft, shares valuable guidance on creating a workplace culture focused on access and inclusion.

Event Date: 
November 09, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

In order to ensure that your eRecruiting materials and other website content is accessible, it’s essential that your website include properly formatted tables. In this webinar, Gian Wild of Accessibility Oz provides a hands-on demonstration of coding and sequence requirements for both data tables and layout tables, and the easy way to determine the difference between table types​

Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu discusses why an inclusive mindset is critical for building both productive workplaces and technology innovations—and why it's important for as many people as possible to help DOL and PEAT brainstorm ideas for advancing accessible workplace technology by participating in the national dialogue.

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. 

Transcript from PEAT Talks: The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, featuring Raising the Floor’s Gregg Vanderheiden, originally recorded September 15, 2016.

As of May 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into 171 settlement agreements addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to ICT accessibility. Through these agreements, employers and other covered entities can understand DOJ priorities related to website and ICT accessibility and how to proactively comply with existing rules and guidance.

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. 

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. 

TechCheck is a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to improve them.

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.

Transcript of the webinar PEAT Talks: The IAAP and the Growth of a Global Accessibility Profession featuring Rob Sinclair, President of the IAAP Global Leadership Team, and recorded on August 18, 2016. 

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, much of the technology currently used in workplace did not yet exist. In honor of the ADA's 26th anniversary, legal expert Bobby Silverstein recently sat down with PEAT for an in-depth Q&A exploring how the ADA applies to workplace ICT, and how recent settlements are impacting this issue.

When growing an accessible workplace technology effort, it can be daunting to efficiently address gaps in your knowledge base. However, you don't have to do it alone. Eliza Greenwood recently attended the annual AccessU conference to improve her own skills, and reports that the opportunity to practice digital accessibility "hands on" in computer labs made a big difference.

Transcript of the webinar PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology, featuring Bobby Silverstein of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and recorded on July 21, 2016.

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.