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Why is this dialogue taking place?

Today using the Internet is a key part of getting and keeping many jobs. Many job openings are posted only online. Employers are using social media to find job candidates, and job seekers are networking online.

Once hired, employees often find that using the Internet is part of their job. Companies use online tools for timesheets, virtual meetings, and online trainings. So in order to keep a job or get promoted, many employees must be able to use a computer and the Internet.

There are accessibility standards for websites and online tools to make sure that people with physical and/or sensory disabilities can use them. However, the same does not exist for people with intellectual disabilities. As a result, there are barriers preventing people from finding jobs, performing their jobs well or advancing in their chosen careers.

Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), this online event is co-hosted by the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). This dialogue is happening because we want to find out what problems people with disabilities have using the Internet to find and do their jobs, and how we can make this better.

Why participate?

Lots of people use the Internet to find jobs, but sometimes this can be confusing or hard for people with disabilities. This might mean that people with disabilities can’t find good jobs. Lots of jobs also require workers to use the internet. We want to hear from you about what using the internet to find or do a job is like for you, what makes it hard, and what could make it easier. We will use this information to make recommendations about making online tools accessible for people with intellectual disabilities who want jobs or are using the internet to work.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in participating. We strongly encourage people with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, or cognitive disabilities, to participate. People who support people with disabilities in finding jobs or who work on employment programs for people with disabilities should also participate, as well as people who are interested in intellectual disabilities or support individuals with intellectual disabilities.