On January 17, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Think Tank met with leadership from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Think Tank took place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center (MIPC) in downtown Washington, D.C. PEAT designed this invitation-only event to refine the initiative’s strategic efforts and explore key issues related to accessible workplace technology and the future of work. Discussions centered around the goal of removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities (PWD) and enhancing the productivity of all workers.
The Think Tank’s 60 participants represented the diverse perspectives of public and private employers, technology companies, universities, and technology end users with disabilities. Attendees engaged in rich facilitated discussions and working groups to share their thoughts and ideas throughout the day.
PEAT has distilled a set of potential action steps from this meeting that DOL and others can use to prioritize emerging and prospective efforts around advancing accessible technology and employment. Read the report.