New Online Tool Provides Accessibility for Applicants with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched a free online tool that helps employers and HR professionals ensure accessibility in their web-based job applications and other recruiting technologies for individuals with disabilities.

Created by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), TalentWorks provides information on accessibility and e-recruiting, as well as tip sheets for making online job applications, digital interviews, pre-employment tests, and resume upload programs accessible. The new tool synthesizes ideas and solutions that PEAT has gathered from employers, advocacy organizations, job applicants, and technology providers. It’s the latest enhancement to a suite of tools and resources PEAT offers to improve the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the promotion of accessible technology.

PEAT created the tool after its national survey of people with disabilities found that 46 percent of respondents rated their last experience applying for a job online as “difficult to impossible.”

“Inaccessible technology prevents people with disabilities from applying and interviewing for jobs, and limits the talent pool for employers,” Lu said in a statement. “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping employers improve their recruitment and hiring processes. With resources like TalentWorks, employers can build a diverse, more inclusive workforce by ensuring their organization’s virtual door is open to everyone.”