ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
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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.
ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
Check out PEAT's re-designed web portal at www.PEATworks.org! It's easier to navigate, and has new and expanded features, including video clips featuring employers and technology experts sharing their perspectives and encouraging stakeholders to "join the conversation" on accessible technology in the workplace.
Be sure to sign up for PEAT's new bimonthly eNewsletter at http://peatworks.org/enews/2015/august. Features from the latest issue include:
- New Data on the Accessibility of Online Job Applications
- The ADA's Impact on Accessible Technology in the Workplace: Past and Future
- Moving the Ball Forward on Digital Accessibility
PEAT Talks! Innovation at the Intersection of Accessibility and Employment
ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology is now hosting PEAT Talks, a virtual speaker series on the third Thursday of every month at 2 pm (ET). Showcasing organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace, PEAT Talks are designed to be interactive discussions highlighting exciting work. Features speakers deliver a 10-15 minute talk and then take questions from participants.
Upcoming PEAT Talk: Embracing The Concept Of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) October 15, 2015 at 2 pm (et)
Join ODEP and PEAT as Dana Marlowe of Accessibility Partners LLC discusses the accessibility advantages of BYOB for both employers and technology users with disabilities, and best practices for implementing BYOD in the workplace. Go to PEATworks.org to see archived versions of previous PEAT Talks.
2015 Interagency Accessibility Forum: Sharing Accessible Solutions for Everyone
On October 20, 2015, in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, ODEP and other federal partners are sponsoring the 2015 Interagency Accessibility Forum in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to http://www.hhs.gov/web/508/508interagencyaccessforum.html.
Improving the Accessibility of Social Media
ODEP, the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, and the Social Media Accessibility Working Group (part of the Federal Social Media Community of Practice) have partnered to produce the Improving the Accessibility of Social Media Toolkit. The goal is to share best practices to help agencies ensure their social media content is accessible to everyone and ultimately work with social media platform and tool developers and other partners to encourage greater accessibility. Although designed for federal agencies, there are many useful ideas and tips that private employers can also use. Check out the toolkit at http://www.digital.gov/resources/federal-social-media-accessibility-toolkit-hackpad/.
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.