Disability Employment App Challenge: Educating Employers and Job Seekers with Disabilities
|Targeted News Service|
Nearly 22 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law and 39 years after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act, employment outcomes for people with disabilities still lag far behind their non-disabled peers. According to the
But the continued expansion of accessible technology can play a critical role in enabling Americans with disabilities to gain access to the labor force and ultimately find jobs that match their interests and skills. Technology can make jobs that were once impossible for an individual with a disability accessible, and it can be used to educate employers about the value people with disabilities can bring to the workplace.
That's why the
DOL is challenging entrepreneurs and developers to use the information ODEP already produces for the public to create apps that package those data for job seekers and employers. The goal of the challenge is to improve access to job training and transportation resources for those with disabilities. At the same time, the challenge aims to support employers with the recruitment, accommodation, and retention of workers while educating them on the value these individuals can bring to their businesses.
Take a look at the resources at Career One-Stop Centers, state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies or non-profit organizations. Is there a great way to combine these resources into an app that shows the impact an employer can make by more actively recruiting individuals with disabilities? How can your app make it easier for employers to recruit people with disabilities?
Apps can also focus on improving access to job training resources for individuals with disabilities. There are effective job training and skill-building resources provided by the
Do you have an innovative app for the web, smart phones, tablets, feature phones or social networking platforms that addresses these issues? Are you inspired to build a new tool that will reduce the unemployment gap between people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers? Visit http://disability.challenge.gov to enter the
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