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    28 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities continue to face unequal access in digital spheres. Oath’s Larry Goldberg argues that making accessibility a central part of technology education is an essential part of the solution.

    Twenty-eight years after the seminal passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading tech companies agree that building and buying products that everyone can use is an imperative, not an afterthought. But a new national study shows that a major barrier many tech companies encounter is that they can't find job candidates with the accessible tech skills the companies need—and 57% report that, as a result, achieving accessibility in their products and services takes increasingly more time and resources.

    Event Date: 
    October 03, 2018 (All day)

    Since 2001, the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities has hosted an annual conference devoted exclusively to the research, policy, and development of technology for people with cognitive disabilities. The conference is nationally recognized as one of the few venues dedicated exclusively to technology and information access for people with cognitive disabilities.

    Leading tech companies are increasingly recognizing the potential of neurological diversity, and are launching dedicated autism hiring initiatives to attract this often overlooked talent pool.

    PEAT recently spoke with Keith Bundy, a digital accessibility consultant and trainer at Siteimprove, about how the landscape of assistive and accessible technology in the workplace has changed over the past 30 years, what he expects for the future of work.

    Event Date: 
    September 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    PEAT will join the Employer Resource and Assistance Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) for a Twitter chat on “Being Tech Savvy: Accessible Information & Communication Technology.”

    PEAT Deputy Project Director Corinne Weible answers the common question of “What is the difference between accessible technology and assistive technology?”

    Event Date: 
    June 21, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    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.​

    PEAT and Teach Access recently published a video highlighting how the Teach Access Study Away program equips students to build their professional networks and learn about accessibility career paths from accessibility leaders at top companies, including Google, Oath, Facebook, and Adobe.

    Event Date: 
    November 12, 2018 (All day) to November 18, 2018 (All day)

    National Apprenticeship Week logoNational Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community.

    Event Date: 
    December 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

    DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is currently finalizing the launch of a select number of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship pilot program models across the country, with the aim of establishing pathways into existing apprenticeship programs for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities. This webinar will feature panelists from the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and Social Policy Research Associates, who are providing technical assistance for this pilot project.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a significant statement clarifying that digital accessibility is covered by the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    By prioritizing accessibility here and now, CES 2019 highlighted how next-generation technology can transform the workforce and make it more inclusive for people with disabilities (PWD).

    Check out PEAT’s inside look on the 2018 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, and how one student is changing the face of web accessibility in the nonprofit sector.

    DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently awarded Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) a two-year contract to develop innovative pathways for youth and adult job seekers with disabilities into high-demand, well-paying careers, such as information technology (IT) and healthcare.

    The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University is conducting a survey to examine considerations for workplace technology use by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2019.

    Event Date: 
    March 11, 2019 (All day) to March 16, 2019 (All day)

    Join PEAT at this essential annual event for everyone working on the advancement and use of accessible technology. PEAT will be presenting two sessions:

    Event Date: 
    May 02, 2019 (All day) to August 05, 2019 (All day)

    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. The curriculum includes PEAT’s own TalentWorks tool, which provides key resources to help employers make their eRecruiting technologies accessible.

    In the tech industry, the investment that drives innovation is talent. Today, more and more tech companies are discovering a proven strategy for building a highly skilled workforce to grow and to thrive: apprenticeship programs. Combining classroom instruction with on the job training, apprenticeship programs can help your company bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace.