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September 2015 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

In September, there was a lot of activity to gear up for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To kick off this year’s Disability Employment Awareness Month, on September 30, 2015, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation marking October 2015 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  The President called for the nation to promote inclusion in the workplace by tearing down barriers for Americans with disabilities to acquire the stable jobs they deserve. Other related activities include a North Carolina A&T State University and Baruch College (CUNY) study that explores veteran's experiences in civilian employment after a military career. The Disability Equality Index Survey, an initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), created to objectively rate businesses on their disability inclusion policies opened up registration for this year’s survey and assessment.  Additionally, three companies, Chief People Officer, Linkages Work Together and AudioEye, entered an agreement to design a job board to accommodate people with disabilities in their search for jobs, and to help companies with Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

In Wireless RERC news, ZyroMath, an app developed, in part, with support from the Wireless RERC’s App Factory and the National Institute for Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), received the award for best mobile app for children and toddlers. This award was presented by the Best Mobile App Awards (BMAA), an organization that discovers and shares the best mobile apps on the market.

Finally, don’t forget to take and share our 2015 Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technologies.  The SUN is our cornerstone survey of wireless technology use and usability by people with all types of disabilities.

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