PEAT Blog

Read posts about the adoption of accessible technology as part of everyday business practices from a variety of PEAT contributors.

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Survey on Accessibility Procurement Job Tasks

December 6th, 2019|

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is seeking your input on a new study. IAAP plans to better define the knowledge and skills required of a procurement specialist responsible for acquiring accessible information and communication technologies (ICT). They are looking for insights from professionals who are actively involved in procuring accessible ICT goods and services. The results of this survey will help to guide the development of the certification of Procurement Specialist in Accessibility. The survey will close on December 31, 2019. […]

Discussions on Artificial Intelligence Dominate HR Tech 2019

November 6th, 2019|

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition (HR Tech) is one of the top global events showcasing emerging technologies and tools transforming the human relations (HR) industry. This year, platforms utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) continued to trend at HR Tech. The conference also infused a new focus on mitigating bias and ensuring that AI tools can align with corporate goals for diverse and inclusive hiring. […]

MAVRIC Conference Spotlights XR’s Potential

October 6th, 2019|

X-Reality (XR) is an emerging technology that has frequently come across PEAT’s radar this year. XR, an umbrella term, comprises virtual, augmented, immersive, and mixed reality technologies that can critically shape how we perform activities in workplaces and other life settings. Thinking about the potential impact of XR, consider how it will afford greater opportunities for virtual training, telepresence, and object visualization for work tasks. PEAT is thus excited about the promise of XR and passionate about ensuring its usage supports full accessibility for people with disabilities. […]

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Options for Electric Car Warning Sounds

September 6th, 2019|

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently seeking feedback about whether drivers should have the ability to choose between a pre-set list of sounds that alert pedestrians to the presence of electric and hybrid cars when traveling at low speeds. The notice of proposed rulemaking also asks whether NHTSA should impose limits on the number of sounds that manufacturers may install. […]

Teach Access Study Away Engages Students to Help Build a Better Future

June 19th, 2019|

As I boarded the plane back to Seattle with my University of Washington classmates, I came to an important realization. During the past week of indelible conversations and uplifting activities, our thoughts about accessibility had shifted. Thanks to the Teach Access Study Away program, we had reframed our view of accessibility as a core root component of products when developing solutions, rather than an afterthought. […]

W4A Accessibility Hackathon Sparks Awareness among Developers and Improvements to Key Tools

June 6th, 2019|

This year’s expanded 2-day Accessibility Hackathon at the Web for All (W4A) Conference was bigger and better than ever. PEAT hosted the event at the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in partnership with the DIAGRAM Center, a federally funded Benetech Global Literacy Initiative, and sponsorship from Microsoft. The event advanced workplace inclusion for people with disabilities by enhancing workplace tools with an accessibility mindset. […]