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Posted By Anne Long | Oct 14, 2015

TREAT is an NIH funded resource center.  

According to the TREAT website:

TREAT is the Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology. We are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R24 network of rehabilitation research resource centers. TREAT focuses on technology transfer and comparative effectiveness research and is funded through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) # R24HD065703.


TREAT is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative consortium between corporate, educational and non-profit entities providing infrastructure support and expert consultation to researchers and innovators interested in the translation and commercialization of rehabilitation research applications.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

Posted By Anne Long | Sep 30, 2015

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 poster

Celebrating 70 Years!

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."

VisionConnectâ„¢ Free Accessible App from the American Foundation for the Blind

Posted By Anne Long | Sep 16, 2015

VisionConnect™ is a new, free, accessible app for iPhones and iPads from the American Foundation for the Blind that gives support to people losing their vision. You as busy rehabilitation professionals and teachers as well as doctors and other health care professionals can use the app to provide information about vision rehabilitation services to individuals with vision loss and/or their families. VisionConnect™ provides:

  • A directory of services searchable by service, zip code, and distance, available in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Resources and tips for living independently with a visual impairment.
  • Links to useful information on VisionAware, FamilyConnect, and CareerConnect.
  • Information on products and technology.
  • Personal stories and employment advice.
  • A way to save directory search results and email them.

You can learn more about the app at AFB VisionConnect™ App and download it for free at

Help us spread the word about the VisionConnect™ App! Doctors and health care providers are in the unique position to educate patients about the VisionConnect™ app. They can "prescribe" VisionConnect™ to patients who need information about services and living with vision loss and provide them with information to encourage them to download and use the app. You can order patient information packets and share them with doctors and health care professionals in your community. Each packet includes 10 mock prescription pads and 10 rack cards. The materials are free; you pay only $10 to cover the costs of shipping. To order, go to


Posted By Anne Long | Aug 17, 2015

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eNews · August 2015



What’s New


The ADA’s Impact on Accessible Workplace Technology

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All summer long, millions across the country are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To help mark the occasion, PEAT published a blog post by policy thought leader Bobby Silverstein on the ADA's past and future impact on accessible workplace technology. "As technology has become an essential element of everyday living”, he noted, “the ADA is now increasingly playing a critical role in ensuring equal employment opportunity by ensuring the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT).”

Read more Has a New Look

PEAT is pleased to announce some visual and structural enhancements to our online home, Featuring an updated look and navigation, the website makes it easier than ever to locate resources and join the conversation around accessible technology in the workplace. Please visit the updated and let us know what you think of the changes!



Save the Date


PEAT Talks: GettingHired

August 18, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., EST WEBINAR

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There's still time to register for the next PEAT Talk, part of our monthly speaker series showcasing people and innovations that are advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Join us for our August 18 chat with Adam Streets, who will discuss GettingHired's accessible platform for job seekers and user feedback.

Register for the GettingHired PEAT Talk

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PEAT Talks: Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA)

September 17, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., EST WEBINAR

Mark your calendar now for our September PEAT Talk, which will feature a panel discussion by state accessibility CIOs. This discussion will explore a new approach states are using to help achieve higher levels of accessibility in state government products and services.

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  • Jeff Kline, Program Director, Statewide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) at the Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Sarah E. Bourne, Director of IT Accessibility for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Jay Wyant, Minnesota's first Chief Information Accessibility Officer

Register for the PDAA PEAT Talk

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In Focus


New Data on the Accessibility of Online Job Applications

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With most of today's employers using some form of web recruiting to evaluate and hire job applicants, it's more important than ever for organizations to understand why accessibility matters to the "eRecruiting" phase of the employment lifecycle. This summer, PEAT concluded its national survey on user experiences related to the accessibility of online job applications and other eRecruiting tools. Check out our new infographic summarizing the survey results, and stay tuned as PEAT develops new tools and resources related to this critical issue.

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Moving the Ball Forward on Digital Accessibility: A Conversation with Attorney Lainey Feingold

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Lainey Feingold is a nationally-recognized disability rights lawyer known for negotiating landmark settlement agreements addressing accessible technology and pioneering the collaborative advocacy and dispute resolution method known as “Structured Negotiations." PEAT recently spoke with Feingold about her work around digital accessibility and its impact on the employment of people with disabilities. 




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New PEAT Talks Speaker Series

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 23, 2015

New PEAT Talks Speaker Series

We’re also pleased to announce our new virtual speaker series which showcases organizations and individuals who are working to advance accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. ET, PEAT Talks are designed to be energetic and interactive discussions highlighting a spectrum of exciting work. Featured speakers will deliver a 10 to 15 minute talk and then field questions from attendees.

Please register today for our July 16th talk with Dennis Lembree of Easy Chirp, a Twitter web application that features the ability to "tweet" accessible images. 

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Only 450 more signatures are needed for Apple to fix a glitch!

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 11, 2015
Petitioning Apple

Kara’s Own Voice: Restore functionality to Aida Reminder, an app that provided voice reminders. This can make a world of difference for people with disabilities, wounded warriors with traumatic brain injuries, and persons with dementia.