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iPhone 6 and iOS 8: A Look at Accessibility with the Help of iOS Without the Eye

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 23, 2014

September 2014 was a busy month for Apple, at least on the mobile front. On September 9 the company announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They also unveiled their long-anticipated AppleWatch. The watch--at the time of this writing its accessibility or lack thereof has not yet been definitively established--will not be available until sometime in early 2015. The two new iPhone models were released on September 19, two days after the public release on September 17 of the new iPhone operating system, iOS 8.
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Two New Fact Sheets from AbleData

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 16, 2014

The NIDRR-funded AbleData project has released two new information products on assistive technology (AT). Try AT Products Before You Buy (PDF) outlines how users can gain hands-on experience of AT products via a demonstration at an AT center, a home trial, or short-term loans. How AT Can Help You at Play (PDF) offers tips on choosing the right AT to help staying active with a disability.


Welcome to PEATworks.org

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 16, 2014

PEAT Logo - Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced the launch of PEATworks.org—a comprehensive web portal spearheaded by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).

From educational articles to interactive tools to expert interviews, PEATworks.org has something for everyone. We encourage you to stop by, explore, and get excited about accessible technology.

Check out PEATworks.org today!

The PEAT Team 


Disability Employment Tracker

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 15, 2014

by sixbyfifteen

The Disability Employment Tracker from the National Organization on Disability helps companies across a range of industries assess their readiness to launch or expand their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans. The tool is designed to assist employers who want to expand the diversity of their workforce. It examines climate & culture, employment lifecycle, […]

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2014 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and Research-to-Policy Roundtable

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 09, 2014


You are cordially invited to attend the release of the 
2014 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Fourth Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC*. Both events will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 in the Capitol Hill area**.

REGISTER NOW

Details
9am -10:30am: The Compendium release briefing to include a workshop on the sources and uses of disability statistics. 

10:30am - 12pm: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities to present new findings and challenges.

12pm - 1:30pm: Lunch (optional) provided free of charge for all in-person participants.

1:30pm - 4pm: The Research-to-Policy Roundtable: advocates, policymakers, and researchers discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities. 

*For individuals who cannot attend the Compendium Release Briefing in person, this session will be available live via webcast. Individuals who register to attend online will receive more information and a link to the public webcast a week prior to the event.

**The location and venue has not yet been confirmed but will be in the the Capitol Hill area. Once confirmed, all registrants will receive an email with details.

In addition to the live webcast, the video will be archived and available for viewing a later date. View last year’s event >

Questions? Email disability.statistics@unh.edu, call 866.538.6521, or join our mailing list to stay up-to-date. 


8.4M in continued funding to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Sep 29, 2014

News Release

ODEP News Release: [09/11/2014]
Contact Name: Laura McGinnis or Tania Mejia
Phone Number: (202) 693-4653 or x4686
Email: 
McGinnis.Laura.K@dol.gov or Mejia.Tania@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-1699-NAT

$8.4M in continued funding to improve employment opportunities
for people with disabilities announced by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced a total of $8,422,574 in continued funding for organizations that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

"Individuals with disabilities have skills and experiences that employers need," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "These federal grants will help connect these workers with employers and put them on the path to economic self-sufficiency."

The recipients and the amount of funding they are receiving are:

ODEP works to increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities by developing and influencing policies and practices. For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/.