Telework and Accessibility
The recent shift to telework for a staggering number of government and private sector employees has caused a surge in the use of digital communications systems. Employers and employees are now relying heavily on digital technologies to conduct business, collaborate with colleagues, host virtual events, and recruit and hire employees.
With digital devices, platforms, and documents becoming the primary methods used by individuals to execute work and engage in daily life, it's more important than ever to prioritize digital accessibility. We've created the following resources to help equip employers with the information needed to ensure the digital workplace is accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
Accessible Digital Communications
Creating Accessible Content
- Learn how to create accessible emails, PDFs, documents, images, presentations, social media, multimedia, and content management systems by following these basic tips on digital accessibility from PEAT.
- Double check that your website is accessible by reviewing these ten tips for an accessible website.
Hosting Meetings and Presentations
- Review these seven essential steps and related resources to help create accessible presentations.
- Once you've learned the process from the above articles, use this checklist to ensure that you take all necessary steps before, during, and after the meeting.
Staff Training & Devices
- Many employees may find it easiest to use personal devices with the accessibility features they need while working remotely. Read the PEAT post, “'Bring Your Own Device' and Accessibility” to learn more about best practices for handing BYOD requests.
- Looking to hire an accessibility professional? Here’s information to help find the right accessibility consultants and staff.
Resources for Employees with Disabilities
- Are you an employee with a disability, and perhaps setting up a remote workspace for the first time? Follow these action steps to get the workplace tools you need to be successful: “Accessibility and Employment: What People with Disabilities Need to Know.
- For some, conducting business from home may be a new adventure, while others are veterans of remote work. These "Tips for Being an Effective Teleworker" were designed with people with disabilities in mind, but provide information that can be useful to anyone who is transitioning to remote work.
Resources for Recruiting and Hiring Professionals
- For those planning to conduct virtual interviews, read the PEAT Employer Tip Sheet, “Ensuring Accessible Digital Interviews.”
- If your company is using pre-employment testing before hiring new staff, make sure it’s accessible. Check out these pre-employment testing tips and tricks from PEAT.
- Before you start the hiring process, read this post, “Rethinking How You Connect with Talented Candidates.”
Communicate Your Commitment
Once your company commits to increasing the accessibility of its workplace technology, it’s helpful to your organization and employees to strategically communicate that commitment, both internally and externally. Here’s how:
- Read “Communicating Your Commitment to Accessibility: Tips for Employers” to learn valuable strategies for communicating about accessibility with your employees, as well as jobseekers, new hires, and the general public.
- Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is coming up on May 21, 2020! Learn how to participate in this annual global virtual event.
- Join #ADAnext30 - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn 30 on July 26th, 2020. Join PEAT and others in celebrating by exploring what the next 30 years of work will look like for people with disabilities in the workplace. Find out how you can participate in the 30th Anniversary of ADA.