Blanck to Serve as Panelist in Webinar Addressing Workplace Technology Needs of Users with Cognitive Disabilities

November 28, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014 02:00:00 PM EST - 03:30:00 PM EST

In recent years, great progress has been made in the area of accessible workplace technology—much of which has focused on ensuring that websites and online tools are accessible to people with physical or sensory disabilities.  But what about users with cognitive disabilities?  Using the web can often be complicated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or other conditions.  However, there are a number of exemplary accessibility practices to ensure that web-based technologies meet the needs of all users, including those with cognitive disabilities.  Please join the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) for a webinar exploring these important topics.

Participants will learn: 

  • Specific accessible technology needs of employees with cognitive disabilities.
  • Common issues that employees with cognitive disabilities encounter online and how that affects workplace productivity.
  • How employers can adopt workplace processes and procure technology tools to ensure usability for employees with cognitive disabilities.
  • What features and product specifications technology providers can design to improve user experience for individuals with cognitive disabilities.
  • Current efforts to gather information on technologies and techniques used to support individuals with cognitive disabilities and to create supporting standards.


  • Richard Crespin (Moderator), CollaborateUp
  • Jim Tobias (Session Chair), PEAT
  • Julia Bascom (Session Co-Chair), ASAN
  • Peter Blanck, Burton Blatt Institute
  • Lisa Seeman, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  • Greg McGrewUniversity of Colorado-Denver
  • Emily Shea Tanis, University of Colorado