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
- Learn how to create accessible emails, PDFs, documents, images, presentations, social media, multimedia, and content management systems by following these basic tips on digital accessibility from PEAT.
- Double check that your website is accessible by reviewing these ten tips for an accessible website.
Hosting Meetings and Presentations
- Review these seven essential steps and related resources to help create accessible presentations.
Continue on to the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology to read the complete article.
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.
Job Accommodation Toolkit- A free comprehensive resource for employers
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