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Happy New Year from Access for All!

There are lots of things to look forward to in 2017. Two local workforce development areas – Northeast and Southern -  within the Workforce System will begin working toward certification under Access for All which will demonstrate their efforts to provide inclusive technology tools and resources to job seekers with disabilities. The Department of Rehabilitation Services and Oklahoma ABLE Tech are excited to work with both these local workforce development areas to establish a certification process! 

More webinars are on the way for 2017 as well. We have shifted two webinars, one from this year to next year, and another by a couple of days in April. The 2017 webinar schedule is below:

  • On February 15, 2017 we will talk about Access for All certification in Oklahoma and some of the other activities going on to help to make the Workforce System more inclusive. You will get an update about the activities underway to help Oklahoma to meet the mandates put out through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • On April 19 we will talk about common barriers to website accessibility. This is the same topic as planned for April 12, but we moved it so that there is not a scheduling conflict with the Oklahoma Works conference.
  • On May 24 we will talk about accessibility in PDF flyers, presentation slides and other documents. This is rescheduled from December, 2016.

As the day gets closer we will send registration information for each of the webinars. 

In other news...

Federal Government Exceeds Hiring Goals

Disability Scoop writes that the Federal government met its hiring goal to hire 100,000 people with disabilities within a five year time period. 

PEAT Guidance on Accessible Technology and the Department of Justice

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) compiles a list of resources that help to explain how the US Department of Justice addresses technology accessibility.

More Information on Inclusive Meetings

As a companion to the recently-published Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings, Events and Conferences, take a look at California's guidance on inclusive public meetings.

About Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma ABLE Tech is a federally funded Assistive Technology Act Program serving Oklahoma. ABLE Tech provides training and technical assistance to Oklahoma state agencies, higher education, and CareerTech to help ensure that Oklahomans have full access to services, education, and employment opportunities.  ABLE Tech’s role includes collaboration with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to assist with the oversight and implementation of Oklahoma’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility law and standards. Learn more about the Workforce System training and technical assistance on the Oklahoma ABLE Tech website.

About the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home.   DRS partners with numerous state groups, organizations and employers to provide Oklahomans with disabilities enhanced services. DRS is committed to Access for All in overcoming barriers to employment and services for consumers with disabilities statewide.