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The  U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering revising the rules implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency is looking at establishing accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities provided to the public by state and local governments–including many employment-related tools and resources.

For those wanting to read a more in-depth summary and analysis of the SANPRM before commenting, PEAT has prepared a policy brief that provides an overview of DOJ’s questions and the topics on which they’d like comments from the public. You can submit comments until Monday, August 8, 2016.

 According to a new survey report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 84% of organizations are now using social media for recruiting, up from 56% in 2011. These survey results add detail and paint a picture of what has become obvious: more and more, employers are posting job openings and information for job seekers on social media. And when these posts are not accessible, employers may be missing out on top talent. 

Ben Caldwell reports on the successes of the recent WWW+W4A Hackathon hosted by PEAT and Google Montreal to make H5P (a popular web-based product used widely in workplaces and schools) more accessible. "It was truly inspirational," he notes, "to see how much progress a small group of individuals can make...particularly given that the majority of participants were new to both H5P and accessibility." 

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The June 2016 edition of eNews highlights the DOJ open comment period on possible revisions to the ADA, the M-Enabling Summit, and resources on accessible eRecruiting through social media.

eNews · June 2016