David Dikter, ATIA Chief Executive Officer, ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, and Daniel Hubbell, Chair of the ATIA Board sign the Alliance agreement.
- Disseminate training and education materials to ATIA's members, partners, and customers on issues of concern in order to advance recruitment and employment of job candidates with disabilities.
- Disseminate and share practices, expertise, and information on key technology related accessibility issues as they pertain to AT and ACT and the employment and advancement of people with disabilities and develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and ODEP's and the ATIA's websites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of employing people with disabilities along with the need for advancement of AT & ICT accessibility and publicize the results.
- Identify, document and disseminate effective employer policies and practices to ATIA's members, to employees, and to other employers.
- Share information with ODEP personnel, industry diversity and EEO professionals, and federal agencies regarding AT & ICT accessibility best practices or effective approaches that promote the employment of persons with disabilities and publicize results through outreach by ATIA and through ODEP or ATIA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum). ATIA will identify materials developed for the activities contemplated herein as such.
The Department of Labor reserves an irrevocable non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use for Federal purposes, any copyrighted material developed by ATIA for the activities contemplated herein, and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes.
- Identify activities that demonstrate, evaluate or replicate model accessibility technology strategies.
- Identify related issues of joint concern to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources.
- Promote ODEP-funded technical assistance services, such as the Job Accommodation Network and the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion.
- Convene and/or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on AT & ICT accessibility issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace on recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities. Jointly convening forums, discussions, or meetings may require a separate co-sponsorship agreement, which must be cleared through the DOL MOU clearance process.
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to the advancement of employment for people with disabilities whenever ATIA leaders address groups.
- Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and ATIA events and meetings such as Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS), California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Conference, etc. Each party will bear its own costs for any speakers or officials who appear at conferences, meetings, or other such events.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on AT & ICT accessibility that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
About the Assistive Technology Industry Association
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. For more information about ATIA's educational opportunities and conferences, visit www.atia.org.
Assistive Technology (or AT) is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.