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Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology

Building an Accessible Future – A New Case Study

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released a new case study, Building an Accessible Future – Teach Access: A Case Study. This new resource documents the steps taken to launch and sustain Teach Access, an initiative of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, by including digital accessibility in the technology curriculum for higher education students. The case study is a companion piece to PEAT’s Accessibility Playbook for Emerging Technology Initiatives.

Planning for Emerging Technologies at Work

Learn how employers and HR professionals can plan for the accessible workplaces of the future in this recent Job Accommodation Network(JAN) webinar. Hosted by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Co-director, Bill Curtis-Davidson, this online event included discussions with technology experts from Microsoft and the Partnership on AI. Watch the webinar and read the transcript to learn more.


The SCARS Project

Portland nonprofit, The SCARS Project, is pleased to present new opportunities for partnerships. The Drama Therapy play – turned film – has announced they are starting an advisory committee for individuals that are passionate about helping veterans and accepting interest from organizations to screen the current play and future film.

The SCARS Project is an organization that was founded on the principles of Drama Therapy to address post-traumatic stress in veterans. To date, they have published a book of veterans’ interviews compiled by Father Richard Berg, CSC, a longtime advocate of vulnerable populations in Portland, and a screenplay that has brought to life the stories captured in the book.

Their goal is to bring this project to a national audience because they believe that it will spark conversations about mental illness and trauma response. If you would like to learn more about The SCARS Project, check out their website, www.ptsdscars.org. There you will find an introductory video about the project, more information about Father Berg and his work, and places to contact us to screen the play or film and suggest partnerships.


A Future Where XR is Born Accessible – XR Access: A Case Study

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released a new case study on XR Access as part of its “Accessibility Playbook for Emerging Technology Initiatives.” Launched in 2020, the Playbook is a guide for launching an initiative to develop accessible emerging technologies. 

XR Access focuses on making virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (XR) technologies accessible to people with disabilities. The case study offers an in-depth look at the best practices and lessons learned from XR Access that helped inform the Playbook’s strategies. 

 

Read the XR Access Case Study for an in-depth look at the steps taken to launch and sustain the Initiative in its first year of operation and how XR Access is evolving and laying the groundwork for its next stage of maturity. 


New PEAT Accessibility Resources

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released two new resources to help employees and employers place accessibility at the forefront of the content they develop and the platforms they use for remote meetings.

  • Read “7 Tips to Make Your Data Visualizations Accessible” for guidance on designing accessible graphic representations of data, also known as data visualizations, for website users with sensory, cognitive, and physical disabilities.
  • Read “4 Elements of an Accessible Meeting Platform” to help evaluate the accessibility of the platforms used to host virtual meetings and events. It includes information on assessing the usability of a platform with assistive technology, the quality of captioning, and how to be an inclusive meeting host and presenter.

Telework and Accessibility

The recent shift to telework for a staggering number of government and private sector employees has caused a surge in the use of digital communications systems. Employers and employees are now relying heavily on digital technologies to conduct business, collaborate with colleagues, host virtual events, and recruit and hire employees.

With digital devices, platforms, and documents becoming the primary methods used by individuals to execute work and engage in daily life, it’s more important than ever to prioritize digital accessibility. The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) has created the following resources to help equip employers with the information needed to ensure the digital workplace is accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Accessible Digital Communications

Creating Accessible Content

Hosting Meetings and Presentations

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Help for Visually Impaired Users- A comprehensive summary of practical internet accessibility tips for vision-impaired users – covering things like using text-to-speech, changing text size and more.

Click here for more information

Job Accommodation Toolkit- A free comprehensive resource for employers

Click here to view toolkit flyer

More Resources

Home Modifications That Make Life Easier and Safer for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

How to Get a Service Dog: A Definitive Guide

The Top 3 Challenges to Finding a Babysitter for Your Special Needs Child — and How to Overcome Them

Home Remodeling and Modifications for People with Special Needs

Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home

Disability Etiquette: How to Respect People with Disabilities

Accessible Backyards: Helping All Your Guests Enjoy Your Backyard’s Bounty

Guide to Traveling for the Disabled

How Does Acquiring a New Disability Affect Mental Health?

Mortgage & Refinance Guide for People with Disabilities

Home Remodeling and Modifications for People with Special Needs

Budget-Friendly Smart Home Accommodations for Seniors and Individuals with Special Needs

National Funding Sources for Home Accessibility

Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog

Wheelchair Financial Assistance

Purchasing a Handicap Accessible Van with Assistance, Grants and Subsidies

How to start a special-needs trust to save for your child’s future

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Upcoming Events

  1. 2021 ERG & Council Conference
    September 15, 2021 - September 17, 2021
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Upcoming Events

  1. 2021 ERG & Council Conference
    September 15, 2021 - September 17, 2021
  2. The Arc’s 2021 National Convention
    September 27, 2021 - September 29, 2021