Employer Tool

This Action Steps toolkit is designed to help employers learn the what, why, and how of accessible workplace technology. 

Many employers and employees have shifted to telework. PEAT is here to help with the transition to ensure your digital communications and platforms are as accessible as possible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

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.

Find resources to get started with training staff across your organization in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles.

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.

In June 2017 an Executive Order called for the nationwide expansion of apprenticeship programs to be led by the Department of Labor (DOL). To support these goals, PEAT is working with partners to build bridges between high growth industries and inclusive apprenticeships.

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.