U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched www.PEATworks.org, a Web portal designed to help employers adopt technology allowing disabled people to participate fully in the workplace.
The site, funded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) program, features best-practices articles and interactive tools to guide employers toward hardware and software solutions that make work accessible.
Examples include tech that assists people with low vision and hearing, mobility and dexterity limitations and cognitive challenges.
According to an ODEP statement, PEAT itself is “a multifaceted initiative to improve the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through the promotion of accessible technology.”
“PEAT is the only entity of its kind bringing together employers, technology providers, thought leaders and technology users around the topic of accessible technology and employment,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez.
Features of PEATworks.org include an action guide for employers. ODEP hopes it will serve as a platform for collaboration and dialogue around accessible technology in the workplace. Also featured is “TechCheck,” an interactive tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find resources to help develop them further.
PEAT is managed through an ODEP-funded grant to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.