ODEP20141935The 2014 Accessibility (A11y) Conference, held October 15, brought together federal agency leaders and private business executives to discuss the development and adoption of technology that is accessible, usable, and universally designed for all workers. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez addressed the audience.

Also at the event, which was co-sponsored by the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, PEATworks.org, the new web portal for the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) was unveiled.

PEAT, funded by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, works to enhance the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through accessible technology. PEATworks.org offers tools, resources, and collaboration related to accessible technology and employment for employers, technology providers, and technology users.

The user-friendly web portal will make it easy for employers to learn about and actively engage in issues related to accessible technology and employment. ”

“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 Martinez.

“We want employers — in both the public and private sector — to recognize the value of adopting and implementing accessible technology in their own workplace,” added Lu.