Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology

 

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so. PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and is managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) 

What Does PEAT Do?

PEAT is committed to dialogue, collaboration, and action. Our three action units work together to foster thought leadership, develop and disseminate public education tools, and drive solutions-oriented policy reform:

Web Resources
PEATworks.org offers a central hub of online resources and opportunities for collaboration to employers and IT companies interested in adopting accessible technology as part of everyday business practices. Sign up for our distribution list to keep up to date on PEAT's latest activities and newest resources.

PEAT Network
The PEAT Network is a connected and vibrant community that exchanges information and success stories, and generates new ideas for technology leaders, employers, and policymakers. Learn more about how your company/organization can join.

PEAT Policy Think Tank
This working group brings together subject matter experts and relevant industry and employer partners nationwide to identify trends and investigate new opportunities for collaboration. PEAT then leverages this knowledge to develop and disseminate content to educate PEAT stakeholders and inform future project efforts.

 

How Can I Get Involved?

If you are interested in improving accessible technology in the workplace, we want to hear from you! We’re seeking all kinds of contributors to join us in the pursuit of an accessible workplace—bloggers, app developers, thought leaders, technology producers, employers, and employees:

PEAT is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. OD-23864-12-75-451.  

PEAT Staff 

Michael Brogioli, Principal Investigator
c/o RESNA, 1560 WIlson Blvd, Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703-524-6686 ext 305; Fax: 703-524-6630
E-mail: mbrogioli@resna.org

Corinne Weible, PEAT Deputy Project Director
c/o RESNA, 1560 Wilson Blvd, Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 571-257-3267; Fax: 703-524-6630
E-mail: cweible@peatworks.org

Website: www.peatworks.org


PEAT Partners

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
Burton Blatt Institute
Catalyst Project
Concepts, Inc.
Inclusive Technologies
Pushing 7
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN): ASAN is a non-profit network run by and for people with autism. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum and provides information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

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Burton Blatt Institute (BBI): BBI advances the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

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RESNA Catalyst Project: The RESNA Catalyst Project, like PEAT, is a project of RESNA. The Catalyst Project provides technical assistance to Assistive Technology Act grantees to increase awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. The Catalyst Project works with the 56 statewide AT programs, the 57 protection and advocacy for AT programs (PAATS), and the 33 alternative financing programs (AFPs). The Catalyst Project is funded by a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education.

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Concepts, Inc.: Concepts, Inc.is a woman-owned, small business in Bethesda, Md, that specializes in developing and executing communications strategies, partnership programs and public education and outreach campaigns. Concepts' team offers subject matter expertise on a variety of issues, including disability, accessibility, veterans/military, employment law and technology.

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Inclusive Technologies: Inclusive Technologies provides a full range of consulting services to companies, public agencies, consumers, researchers, purchasers and policy makers on how products can better meet the needs of all users, including users with disabilities and elders.

Pushing 7:Pushing 7 is a marketing solutions provider based in Madison, Wisconsin. Core services include web and graphic design, branding, copywriting, and custom web-based solutions.

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RESNA, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America: RESNA is a professional organization that promotes the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA offers certification, continuing education, and professional development; develops assistive technology standards; promotes research and public policy; and sponsors forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of a multidisciplinary constituency.

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