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Gregg Vanderheiden, Executive Director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Maryland and Co-Director of Raising the Floor, discusses how employers can find and select accessible workplace technology. Gregg also introduces us to Morphic, an innovative operating system extension that makes assistive technologies and settings show up on any computer a person needs to use. 

Reyma McDeid, Executive Director of the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL), discusses how employers can address their business needs and meet those needs by hiring a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities.

Joel Ward, Technology Strategist and AR Product Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses the current and future impact of XR on workplace training and how the XR Access initiative is working to make virtual, mixed, and augmented realities accessible.

What will the next 30 years look like for people with disabilities? Emerging technologies are rapidly changing the world of work.

Accessibility means that everyone can use the exact same technology as anyone else—regardless of whether they can manipulate a mouse, how much vision they have, how many colors they can see, how much they can hear, or how they process information. Accessible technology adds layers into computer operating systems, mobile phones, and more to allow people with disabilities to access the same information as everyone else.

X-Reality (XR), also known as extended reality, is an umbrella term to describe virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies. X-Reality is changing the way we interact with the world around us and will, undoubtedly, shape the future of work.

Autonomous vehicles (AV), also referred to as driverless or self-driving vehicles, have the potential to revolutionize transportation and make sweeping changes to the way people interact with the world around them. AV technology can alter the where, when, and how of transportation, for both personal and commercial purposes. Already being used in some cities, technology corporations and manufacturers are planning for the wide-spread production and use of these vehicles within the next few decades.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated technologies is changing workplaces. Although data analytics and automation are not new, AI technology has advanced rapidly in recent years alongside innovations in algorithms, data volume, and computing power. AI-powered platforms are now used to screen job applicants, streamline the application process, and provide on-the-job training. AI is also powering exciting innovations in assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Technology educator Chancey Fleet discusses where the future of assistive technology going and what HR workplace leaders need to do to make their workplaces and businesses more inclusive and accessible.

As of February 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into 175 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.

PEAT recently joined a U.S. Senate staff briefing to provide concrete ideas for how to improve the accessibility of their websites and digital tools for visitors and employees.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are an important part of a company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. But how do you ensure your ERG meetings and events are accessible to everyone? Check out this tipsheet of strategies from PEAT and the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN).

Any digital content your company distributes, either internally or externally, needs to be accessible. This article covers training resources for many popular workplace products.

The following resources explore how you can weave accessibility and inclusion into your organizational culture.

The world of work is changing. As many as 1 in 5 workers now make up the “gig economy,” and technologies such as live video, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are entering the workplace. This series of podcasts and related resources explores how these emerging trends are impacting people with disabilities.

This primer covers why accessible workplace technology matters, and how to get started.

By weaving accessibility requirements throughout the RFP, you’ll demonstrate to the vendor that you take it seriously and are truly invested in providing accessible products/services to your users.

Step 8 in the Buy IT! process is to review and learn from your experiences, which can occur immediately after a particular ICT purchase, or at the beginning of a procurement planning endeavor

    Background on accessibility testing best practices for you to consider incorporating into the evaluation and validation phase of your procurement process

    The section of Buy IT will help you review and grade the proposals to select a winning bidder, including help navigating the world of VPATs and ACRs.

    After scanning the marketplace for potential vendors who understand accessibility, you’ll be ready to dig deeper and connect with candidates.

    Once you secure executive buy-in for an accessible ICT procurement program, your planning can begin.

    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. 

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

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

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

    Transcript of Introducing TalentWorks webinar with PEAT Project Director Josh Christianson and Lead Strategic Consultant Joiwind Ronen held in April 2016.

    Transcript of PEAT Talks: The Importance of User Testing for Accessibility webinar with Sharron Rush of Knowbility held in March 2016.

    Transcript of PEAT Talks: Raising the Bar on Accessibility webinar with Dan Sullivan of AudioEye held in February 2016.

    In today's race for talent, more and more employers and human resources (HR) professionals are turning to mobile apps to power their online job applications.

    In the spirit of NDEAM, PEAT guest contributor Dana Marlowe explores how the practice of "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) can boost productivity and help people of all abilities succeed on the job. Marlowe is the founder and president of IT consulting firm Accessibility Partners.

    What's the key to understanding how accessible your products are? A good testing process.

    TalentWorks is a free online tool for employers and human resources professionals that helps them ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities. PEAT created the tool based on its national survey of people with disabilities.

    This article provides tips on accessible technology training—from basic disability awareness for all employees, to highly specialized technical training for software and application developers. 

    PEAT recently spoke with AT&T's Diane Rodriguez about the company's commitment to providing accessible products and services.

    This article will demystify some of the technical standards that apply to accessibility and explain how they differ from laws and regulations. 

    Once your company commits to increasing the accessibility of its workplace technology, it is smart to communicate that commitment, both internally and externally.