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 bimonthly eNewsletter at www.peatworks.org/enews/2015/october.Features from the latest issue include:
- PEAT's guest blog, Bring It On: Advancing the Employment of People with Disabilities Through "Bring Your Own Device" Policies
- Information on upcoming PEATTalks in November and December
- Opportunities to share your experiences with accessible workplace technology
PEATTalks! 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, PEATTalks are designed to be interactive discussions highlighting exciting work. Featured speakers deliver a 10-15 minute talk and then take questions from participants.
Upcoming PEAT Talk: Small Business Accessibility Through BizAbility November 19, 2015 at 2 pm (ET)
Join ODEP and PEAT as Intuit's Ted Drake explores BizAbility, a community-driven resource that helps business owners and entrepreneurs with disabilities find the accessible tools they need to build and run their businesses effectively. Go to PEATworks.org to see archived versions of previous PEAT Talks.
2015 Federal Accessibility Forum: Sharing Accessible Solutions for Everyone
On October 20, 2015, in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, ODEP and other federal leaders and accessibility experts participated in the 2015 Federal Accessibility Forum in Washington, D.C. The one-day event was open to federal employees, contractors, and others working to ensure the technologies they use, develop, and promote are accessible. Participants shared best practices, learned about new technologies, and networked with colleagues and accessible technology experts. All presentation materials from the event are available for download at www.peatworks.org/federalforum.
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 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.