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    We want to hear from you! You can contribute by exploring our conversation topics and sharing the latest good ideas and best practices for improving accessible technology in the workplace.

    People at all levels of a company can demonstrate leadership and shape their current or future workplace. Here are some of PEAT's ideas about how you can advocate for accessible technology at work.

    Tell us about your experiences!  PEAT is conducting a national survey about online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and focus PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

    Years ago, I was issued a compelling challenge by my friend and colleague, Dr. David Braddock, executive director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He asked me to consider examining the right to web access for people with cognitive disabilities—and I was intrigued.

    Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, one of the behind-the-scenes architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reflects upon how the ADA is now increasingly playing a critical role in ensuring equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT).

    Event Date: 
    September 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    This webinar will discuss best practices for testing Portable Document Format (PDF) files for accessibility and, in particular, for compliance with federal Section 508 Standards.

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    Event Date: 
    October 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

    Hosted by Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), this webcast will focus on the potential role of technology to enhance employment for people with disabilities in two ways – job and career path opportunities, and the creation of technology-based tools for facilitating productivity in select job tasks, including access to workplace communication channels.

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    Minnesota’s Chief Information Accessibility Officer Jay Wyant lists specific areas of concern that job applicants with disabilities often face when it comes to online applications.

    Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville principal Bobby Silverstein details the various accessibility policies and how companies can strategize to make this part of their company culture.

    PEAT is seeking stories that demonstrate the power of accessible technology in fueling the employment success of people with disabilities. If you are an employee with a disability or an employer with experiences to share in this area, please submit a short personal statement.

    The six phases of the Employment Lifecycle and their corresponding technologies. 

    This event provided resource sharing and collaboration opportunities to federal government employees, contractors, and others working to ensure the technologies they use, develop, and promote are accessible. The workshop presentation materials are available for download to anyone interested in learning or sharing digital accessibility.

    Event Date: 
    October 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    Looking for a way to learn, share best practices, and mark NDEAM from the comfort of your own computer? Just log on to Twitter on October 28 from 2:00 - 2:30 ET, when PEAT will be moderating a Twitter chat on leading accessible technology practices designed to help all workers and advance the employment of people with disabilities. The chat will build upon PEAT's October 15 PEAT Talk on "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) policies and explore other ways to foster accessible workplaces through universal design. Participants can join this real-time Twitter conversation by following @PEATworks and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks.    

    Event Date: 
    February 18, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    Dan Sullivan, Vice President of Sales at AudioEye, talks about the return-on-investment for employers who embrace accessible technology that benefits all users.

    Event Date: 
    March 03, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST

    Join Knowbility to discuss what employers should know about accessibility user testing. Participants can join the real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks. 

     

    Event Date: 
    April 07, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

    Join PEAT and Denis Boudreau (@dboudreau), senior web accessibility consultant for Deque, for a twitter chat on building accessible online recruiting and hiring systems. Participants can join the real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks. 

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is seeking public comments on their proposed updates to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act.