WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the winners of the disability employment application challenge. The contest, launched in May, encouraged third-party developers to build tools to help improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

A panel of judges, including Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny, and others, selected three winners, from nearly 20 submissions, that demonstrated innovation, usability and accessibility.

The “Access Jobs” application, available at https://accessjobs.devis.com  recived the $5,000 Innovation Award by implementing techniques such as responsive design to deliver an accessible job-search experience across all platforms.

The “VoisPal-Speak as You Think!” application, available at http://www.voispal.com  received the $3,000 People’s Choice Award through a public voting process. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication app for Android phones is designed to help people with speech difficulties express themselves fluently and effectively through more than 5,000 commonly spoken sentences grouped in various categories.

The “AccDC: Accelerated Dynamic Content” application received the $2,000 Above and Beyond Accessibility Award. This scalable, cross-browser and cross-platform automates dynamic content to ensure accessibility for screen reader and keyboard-only users.

Additional details about the winners and all submissions are available at:   http://disability.challenge.gov

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