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Accessible Technology

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)

PEATThe www.PEATworks.org web portal has a wealth of resources and features, including videos 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 http://peatworks.org/content/peat-distribution-list. Features from the latest issue include:




PEAT Talks! Innovation at the Intersection of Accessibility and Employment

PEAT Talks is a virtual speaker series held on the third Thursday of every month at 2 pm (ET). Highlighting organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace, PEAT Talks feature speakers who give a short 15-minute presentation and then take questions from participants. Join us in 2016!

PEATApril 21, 2016 (2:00-2:30 pm, ET)
BUILDING ACCESSIBLE ONLINE RECRUITING & HIRING SYSTEMS

Join ODEP and PEAT to hear from Denis Boudreau, senior web accessibility consultant for Simply Accessible. (www.simplyaccessible.com) Denis will be talking about why accessible eRecruiting tools make sense and the simple steps that web developers and designers can take to ensure that job seekers with disabilities are not excluded from employment opportunities.
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PEATMISS THE FEBRUARY PEAT TALK?
READ THE RECAP OF “RAISING THE BAR” HERE!

Is corporate America waking up to the idea that accessibility can be a business driver, not an added expense? In the February PEAT Talk, AudioEye's Dan Sullivan, a senior executive with 15 years of experience in HR, suggested this is already happening. http://www.peatworks.org/blog/2016/mar/peat-talks-recap-raising-bar-accessibility




Featured Resource

Tea Cures Captchas Tea Cures Captchas:
Accessible Online Job Applications are More Than a Best Practice

As businesses compete to attract talented, skilled employees, it’s important to make sure that artificial barriers aren’t blocking their path. In this cautionary tale, Sassy Outwater explains how employers may be missing out on top candidates when their online hiring and recruiting systems aren't accessible. http://www.peatworks.org/blog/2016/mar/tea-cures-captchas-accessible-online-job-applications-are-more-best-practice

eRecruiting & Accessibility: Is HR Technology Hurting Your Bottom Line?

With most of today's employers using some form of web recruiting to evaluate and hire job applicants, it's more important than ever for organizations to understand why accessibility matters to the "eRecruiting" phase of the employment lifecycle. PEAT recently published a report based on our 2015 research findings about user experiences related to the accessibility of online job applications and other eRecruiting tools. View the report View the related infographic




New Section 508 Resources

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has done an excellent update to its Section 508 website at www.Section508.gov. The site provides information and links to guidance, resources, tools, and blog articles focused on helping the Federal agencies implement the requirements of Section 508 as they apply to the development, procurement, and use of information and communication technology products and services. Visit Section508.gov




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.