ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic
ODEP is working to increase the hiring, job success, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption and promotion of accessible technology and universal design.
Section 508 Update ICT and Accessibility
On February 27, 2015, the U.S. Access Board published a proposed update to the rules implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which outlines the federal standards and guidelines for making information and communications technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities. The public has until May 28, 2015 to submit comments on the changes. To read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, submit comments, or review the comments others are submitting, go to www.regulations.gov and enter "Section 508" in the search box.
For our short Q&A on the proposed rules, go to http://www.peatworks.org/blog/2015/may/updating-section-508-comment-today-proposed-rule-changes
Be sure to sure to see our latest accessible technology updates on PEATworks.org, a comprehensive web portal from ODEP's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), designed to help employers and the technology industry adopt and promote accessible technology as part of everyday business practices. PEATworks.org features include guest blog posts, an action guide for employers, informational articles, and TechCheck, an interactive tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to help develop them further. Come check out PEATworks today!
Join the Conversation!
PEATworks now has a library of short videos featuring employers and technology experts sharing their perspectives on accessible technology and employment. Check out the videos and share your comments, or better yet upload your own video responses, on accessible technology in the workplace.
Many employers are unsure where they have accessibility problems related to the technology they use. We've added a new video walkthrough of PEAT's TechCheck tool, designed to help employers assess their technology practices and find tools to improve them. Go to www.PEATworks.org and follow the link.
Don't Miss Out on Any of Our Accessible Technology Webinars!
The PEAT webinar series gives you the chance to hear from experts on accessible technology from the employer, developer and user perspectives. Recordings and transcripts are available by clicking on the links below:
- Powering Up Your Employment Potential Through Accessible Technology: What People With Disabilities Need to Know
- Designing for the Future: Building Accessible Technology for the Workplace
- Employers and Accessible Technology: The What, Why and How
Additional ODEP Resources on Accessible Technology
Disability.gov/Technology From blogs on accessible technology to a wide range of accessible and assistive technology resources, check out the wealth of information at ODEP's www.disability.gov.
Technology as a Workplace Accommodation ODEP's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides downloadable fact sheets and other resources on accessible and assistive technologies as workplace accommodations at www.askjan.org.