ROADMAPS FOR ENHANCING EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY

 
DEVELOPED BY PARTICIPANTS 
AT THE
BUSINESS DIALOGUE ON
ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT
 
 
PREPARED BY
 
Assistive Technology Industry Association
and
US Business Leadership Network
 
 
ATIA logo  USBLN logo
 
  

Introduction and Overview

 
On September 24, 2007, a Business Dialogue on Accessible Technology and Disability Employment was held in Orlando, Florida. The Business Dialogue was sponsored by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) with the participation of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the Business Dialogue was to provide cutting-edge business leaders and decision-makers with the opportunity to develop consensus Roadmaps to enhance the hiring, retention, and advancement of persons with disabilities and others through accessible technology.
 
Participants at the Business Dialogue included business leaders across a wide range of companies in size—from Fortune 500 to small family-owned businesses. Industry sectors represented included assistive technology, banking, computer services, consulting services, financial services, hospitality and entertainment, insurance, medical, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, and venture capital. Also in attendance were representatives from key government agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Education and the General Services Administration and support staff from ATIA and USBLN.
 
The Roadmaps affirm current successful business policies and practices and identify new strategic policies and practices. The Roadmap for the business community identifies the actionable steps that can be taken by the business community to facilitate the adoption of these policies and practices by masses of businesses. The Roadmap for the federal government identifies actionable steps that can be taken by the federal government to facilitate implementation of successful policies and practices by masses of businesses. The Roadmaps’ official launch date was January 31, 2008 at the ATIA Leadership Forum on Accessibility in Orlando, Florida.
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