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ODEP Releases Report for Accessible Technology in the Workplace
April 6, 2012
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a report entitled “Framework for Designing and Implementing Accessible Information and Communication Technology Strategic Plans.” The report provides eight action steps to help employers (including government contractors) design, purchase, lease, maintain and use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that is accessible to and usable by people with disabilities and others.
The eight steps include understanding the needs of people with disabilities, understanding the Federal standards of accessibility, understanding how accessible technology can benefit the whole business, not just those with disabilities, and implementing a strategy to include formal policies concerning accessible ICT.
The report also includes a benchmarking tool to aid businesses in reviewing the accessibility of their ICT and creating a strategic plan for incorporation of accessible ICT.
Currently, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 13 percent compared to 8.6 percent of people without disabilities. ODEP’s report helps develop strategies and practices that employers may want to adopt to enhance employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities through accessible ICT.
Additional Information: ODEP Report (PDF 71 pages, 477 KB) http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/20120224FDIA-ICT-StrategicPlans.pdf