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Time for a TechCheck: Ensuring Your Workplace is Technology Accessible

If you were asked to create a list of the technology you use to do your job every day, what would be on it?  Your smart phone, perhaps?  A computer and printer?  Various websites and online applications?  It's no secret that today's business workforce is powered by a range of information and communications technology (ICT).  It's a central driver of productivity in businesses both large and small.

Now imagine your workday without the ability to access or operate all that technology.  It's a reality faced by many people with disabilities whose opportunities to get hired and excel on the job are limited by inaccessible ICT.  So as part of their commitment to an inclusive — and productive — workplace, more and more businesses are approaching technology with an accessibility mindset.

While many employers know they should ensure their workplace technology is accessible to all, not all know how to get started.  That's where the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) comes in.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, PEAT is a multifaceted initiative to advance the employment of people with disabilities with businesses of all sizes through accessible technology.

To help employers get started, PEAT's educational website, PEATworks.org, includes a step-by-step action guide for employers.  Also featured is TechCheck, an interactive tool to help employers assess the accessibility of their technology and find resources to help make improvements.     

It's always a good time for a TechCheck.  By plugging into PEAT, employers of all sizes can learn the business incentives for adopting inclusive ICT practices and chart their pathway to a more accessible — and productive — workplace. 

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