Episode 96: Accessible Inclusive Virtual Meetings and the ADA
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Accessible Inclusive Virtual Meetings and the ADA
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our work and daily lives. From remote classrooms and telehealth care, to online events with friends and coworkers around the world, virtual meetings have become a regular part of our daily routine.. However, the computer technology and Internet platforms we use for virtual meetings may be a barrier to full participation for people with disabilities. ADA Title I requires employers to make reasonable accommodation for qualified employees with disabilities. ADA Title II (State and local governments) and ADA Title III (businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public) require the provision of effective communication for people with disabilities.
In this episode of ADA Live!, discover the pros and cons of virtual meetings and best practices to host inclusive accessible virtual or online meetings. Our guests will be Alexa Huth, Strategic Communications Lead for The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer for the State of Minnesota.
Partnership of Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT)
The Partnership of Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) helps to create a future where accessible technology is standard in all workplaces. By focusing on equity and fostering collaborations across industry, government, and advocacy groups, PEAT addresses the root issue: designing and creating technologies with inclusion at the forefront and people with disabilities involved at every stage. PEAT also creates robust resources that guide employers through each step of choosing accessible technology, implementing it, and training staff on best practices. For more information about PEAT, visit their website at www.peatworks.org
State of Minnesota Information Technology Services Office of Accessibility
The Minnesota Information Technology (IT) Services Office of Accessibility works with Minnesota state agencies to develop policies and implement processes and best practices that ensure digital government operations and services are accessible and usable for all. Subscribe to the Office of Accessibility's newsletter to find tips on digital accessibility, new resources, and upcoming events. To subscribe, send a text to the number 468-311, and write MNIT A11y. For more information and resources, visit their website at mn.gov/mnit/about-mnit/accessibility/