To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors five policy development and technical assistance resources. One of these is the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), which promotes the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.
PEAT resources and activities include:
- PEATWorks.org, a central hub for accessible technology-related tools and resources, including the latest PEAT research on the accessibility of online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies. PEATworks content is designed to help employers and the technology industry adopt and promote accessible technology as part of everyday business practices, for the benefit of all employers and workers.
- PEAT regularly holds webinars throughout the year, including our monthly PEAT Talks speaker series, a one hour online event which showcases interactive and moderated discussions with organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Our webinars are always free and open to all. Miss a recent webinar? The archived video, transcript, and presentation slides will be posted approximately 1-2 weeks following the event date. Upcoming webinar descriptions as well as our archived events can be found at this link.
- TechCheck, a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to help improve them. TechCheck can help employers gauge the current state of their accessible technology policies, the goals they want to reach, and what steps they can take to reach them. TechCheck is intended for U.S. employers of all types — public or private, large or small.
- Policy Matters, a feature that provides plain language policy briefs and analyses on the federal laws that affect accessible ICT and how they apply to businesses.
- TalentWorks, a resource that helps employers and human resources (HR) professionals make their e-recruiting technologies accessible to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.