Skip to the content \ accessibility

Archive for the 'employment' Category

Next Entries »

Visual Memory Is Key To Use Of Graphic Interfaces

New research has found it is easier for blind computer programmers to use and develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) when they have previously been sighted and retain some visual memory. This memory helps programmers to visually represent GUIs, even if the interfaces themselves were designed after they had lost their sight, it found.

The research, termed the ‘Combine project’ (
http://fastlink.headstar.com/hayhoe1 ),
was conducted by Dr. Simon Hayhoe, editor of the ‘Eco’ collaborative website on blindness and the arts.
(more…)

Interview – Susan Scott-Parker OBE: Fighting Talk From Taskforce Commander

by Dan Jellinek.

The inaccessibility of job advertising websites to people with disabilities is an “emerging scandal,” delegates heard earlier this month at the e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference hosted in Vienna by the European Commission.

The source of this stinging rebuke was Susan Scott-Parker OBE, founder and chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Disability (http://www.efd.org.uk/). In a world where, increasingly, employers are choosing to advertise positions solely online, inaccessible recruitment sites pose a “huge problem” to jobseekers with disabilities, Scott-Parker said.

“We see inaccessible psychometric tests, application forms that don’t work if you have dyslexia. If you put a sign up saying no disabled people need apply, people would get cross. But thousands of jobs are like that. Surely if an employer chooses not to allow a disabled person to apply online, this is an employment rights issue?”

Combative words, but from a surprising source perhaps? After all the EFD, which Scott-Parker founded in 1991, is funded by and serves the very companies she appeared to be excoriating. Its 400 current members between them employ eight million people, or some 20 per cent of the UK’s workforce, including many global players such as Barclays, whose group CEO John Varley is current EFD president.

Speaking to E-Access Bulletin a short while after delivering her Vienna speech, however, Scott-Parker said it was in her members’ interests to realise the scale of this problem and take corrective action.

“We’d like to tip off members that there might be legal challenges,” she said. “It is best practice, if millions of people are not being excluded. Firms need to require people like online psychometric testers to prove they are accessible before they use them, particularly where they insist people can only apply for jobs online, which is increasingly the case, even for jobs that don’t require computer literacy.”

Companies need to ensure they provide alternative routes to job application that are taken as seriously as applications received online, Scott-Parker said. It was no good providing alternatives if applications received via those routes are perceived as second-class, she said.

Use of inaccessible recruitment sites were not the only corporate IT failures to come under fire from Scott-Parker in Vienna. Another was a failure by some organisations to make proper and timely adjustments to internal IT systems for employees with disabilities or who became disabled through the process of ageing or accidents.

This represented a costly waste of resources: “All the investment in the individual fails if employers choose not to make adjustments, and the employee moves onto benefits instead of remaining at work,” Scott-Parker said.

A third key issue was a failure by employers and the IT industry to train IT staffing accessibility issues and the use of assistive technology, she said. “People shouldn’t be accredited: how can you be accredited as an IT professional if you can’t adapt a system so everyone can use it? And if you’ve got assistive technology but the IT department doesn’t know about it, there is no point.”

Training costs could be controlled by building it into the existing regular retraining programmes undergone by programmer and technicians, Scott-Parker said.

“In each course they do, there needs to be something about adapting for the human. I don’t think it would cost much for Microsoft to put on [their training] curriculum how their technology could be adapted so everybody could use it.

“We’ll never crack this if the IT profession don’t know how to use accessible technology. All we’ll do is have better and better kit that just sits there.”

Technology companies have a double responsibility, to be suppliers of accessible technology and to be accessible employers, Scott-Parker said. And in today’s tight financial climate, an integrated approach to accessibility could give ICT suppliers a competitive edge, she said. “I would like to see the ICT industry itself an exemplar of employing disabled people. The timing is now right, because the more disabled people you employ inside an IT giant, the better understanding you have of the needs of a client such as Lloyds TSB, which employs hundreds of disabled people.”

Although the EFD works across all aspects of employment, IT accessibility has been placed among its top priorities recently, with the creation of a Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology (see E-Access Bulletin, issue 102, June 2008: http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=193).

To date the taskforce has met three times, and is still building its membership, which stands at around 20 organisations including Accenture, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs, the BBC and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets.

The group is working with accessibility charity AbilityNet to collect examples of the benefits to business of an accessible approach, “We are trying to produce a compelling rationale for businesses,” Scott-Parker said.

Also in the pipeline, though still in its infancy, is a paper-based audit tool allowing major organisations to check where they are on a scale of 1-5 in terms of their current ICT accessibility practices.

“It will be a maturity model, from nowhere to excellent, looking at business processes and governance systems,” Scott-Parker said. “If an organisation is at level 1-2, they could face legal exposure. We would not expect anyone at level 5 yet: I would fall over.”

Inaccessible Recruitment Websites ‘An Emerging Scandal’

The inaccessibility of job advertising websites to people with disabilities is an “emerging scandal” which could expose companies to legal challenge, according to the head of one of the world’s leading bodies promoting equal opportunities in the workplace.

Susan Scott-Parker, founder and chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Disability (http://www.efd.org.uk/), said this month that inaccessible recruitment sites pose a “huge problem” to jobseekers with disabilities, particularly since many employers were now recruiting exclusively online.
(more…)

‘Digital Mentor’ Trials Form Part Of Draft Inclusion Plan

The government is to pilot a ‘digital mentors’ scheme to help people in deprived areas use technologies such as websites, podcasts and digital photography to make their voices heard, collaborate and improve access to services.

The initiative forms part of a new action plan for digital inclusion (http://fastlink.headstar.com/action2),launched by Digital Inclusion minister Paul Murphy and the department of Communities and Local Government (CLG).

An estimated 17 million people over the age of 15 are not using computers and the internet, and there is a strong link between digital and social exclusion and disabled people with disabled people among those most excluded from the digital technologies at the heart of the developing knowledge economy, the plan says.
Order Triphala
Cheap Combivent
Buy Lotrisone
Cheap Ventolin
Order Hydrocodone
Nolvadex
Urispas
Evista
Buy Cialis
Order Singulair
Order Himcocid
Cheap Zimulti
Order Copegus
Order Acomplia
Purchase Butalbital
Menopause Gum
Gyne-Lotrimin
Order Levaquin
Buy Levaquin
Order Avandia
Male Sexual
Purchase AyurSlim
Order Clarina
Purchase Zetia
Buy Naprosyn
Order Endep
Order Starlix
Purchase Percocet
Purchase Danazol
Purchase Ultram
Buy Septilin
Order Oxycontin
Bontril
Order Zithromax
Purchase Neurontin
Buy Himplasia
Buy Diabecon
Herbal Maxx
Cheap Sorbitrate
Yerba Diet
Purchase Mevacor
Celexa
Cheap Lexapro
Order Diabecon
Purchase Bupropion
Buy V-Gel
Diabecon
Purchase Rimonabant
Purchase Hyzaar
Order Avapro
Topamax
Starlix
Order Xanax
Cheap Levaquin
Order Allegra
Cheap Nexium
Buy Cyklokapron
Buy Aceon
Cheap Zelnorm
Purchase Coumadin
Order Isordil
Herbolax
Combivent
Purchase Claritin
Myambutol
Buy Omnicef
Cheap Mevacor
Norpace CR
Ultram
Buy Aristocort
Purchase Propecia
Order Proscar
Order Celebrex
Purchase Alprazolam
Order Darvocet
Buy Zyrtec
Cheap Clarinex
Lopressor
Styplon
Buy Ionamin
Cheap Serevent
Cheap Oxycontin
Prometrium
Quibron-T
Purchase Confido
Order Overnight
Purchase Prednisone
Buy Sinequan
Order Tricor
Purchase Monoket
Cheap Plavix
Retin-A
Cheap Codeine
Evecare
Order Oxytrol
Buy Consultation
Order Ionamin
Cheap Geriforte
Cheap Brahmi
Percocet
Order Quibron-T
Purchase Levothroid
Buy Altace
Order Casodex
Cheap Diovan
Inderal
Purchase Lamisil
Buy Premarin
Order Meridia
Cheap Actos
Buy Trimox
Cheap Motrin
Buy Carisoprodol
Cheap Azulfidine
Order Sorbitrate
Purchase Accutane
Prozac
Purchase CLA
Cheap Plan
Cheap Relafen
Order Rumalaya
Cheap Lotensin
Order Fastin
Vitamin A
Buy Pletal
Purchase Hoodia
Purchase Mycelex-G
Cheap Atrovent
Himcocid
Buy Ativan
Buy Ambien
Purchase Buspar
Purchase Bonnisan
Buy Nizoral
Buy Prograf
Cheap Imdur
Order Menosan
Aristocort
Zanaflex
Men Attracting
Purchase Prozac
Purchase Acticin
Order Brite
Carisoprodol
ActoPlus Met
Clarina
Purchase Diabecon
Zestril
Cheap Stromectol
Cheap Noroxin
Buy Canadian
Purchase Seroquel
Cheap Clarina
Order Lopressor
Buy Rhinocort
Buy Eurax
Purchase Evista
Leukeran
Order Ativan
Phentermine
Prilosec
Cheap Serophene
Order Zimulti
Cheap Adipex
Nizoral
Buy Kytril
Purchase Plendil
Purchase Levlen
Order Alprazolam
Order Nicotinell
Cheap Phentrimine
Cheap Aciphex
Buy Cozaar
Cheapest Generic
Order Accupril
Buy Avodart
Male Enhancement
Buy Clarinex
Purchase Shoot
Order Motrin
Order Synalar
Order Purinethol
Cheap Norco
Karela
Cheap Claritin
Purchase Isoptin
Buy Accutane
Buy Superman
Buy Azulfidine
Cheap Naprosyn
Purchase Lortab
Cheap Zebeta
Buy Clarina
Buy Rocaltrol
Cheap Meridia
Order Diethylpropion
Purchase Stromectol
Buy Butalbital
Cheap Atacand
Buying Ultram
Order Chitosan
Order Noroxin
Purchase Lipitor
Cheap Vantin
Purchase Koflet
Cheap Endep
Cheap Prometrium
Purchase Proscar
Buy Acticin
Purchase Meridia
Soma
Buy Zimulti
Lexapro
Buy Menosan
Buy Karela
Lipitor
Cheap Pilex
Purchase Imitrex
Buy Endep
Buy Accupril
Order Zyprexa
Brafix
Order Phentermine
Green Tea
Cheap Lynoral
Cheap Aricept
Purchase Differin
Elimite
Purchase Hydrocodone
Bactroban
Buy Cardura
Cheap Amoxil
Diarex
Buy Flexeril
Atacand
Buy Shoot
Hoodia Weight
Order Methocarbam
Avandamet
Buy Brite
Cheap Augmentin
Order Parlodel
Purchase Zimulti
Purchase Imdur
Loprox
Buy Paxil
Cheap Sustiva
Cheap Lasix
Penis Growth
Cheap Neurontin
Purchase Triphala
Purchase Endep
Order Lukol
Cheap Elimite
Order Deltasone
Buy Lanoxin
Purchase Fastin
Desyrel
Geriforte
Buy Coreg
Cheap Aldactone
Buy Renalka
Buy Pravachol
Cheap Hoodia
Buy Keftab
Purchase Mexitil
Buy Requip
Order Levitra
Tiberius Erectus
Cheap Levitra
Order Cyklokapron
Snoroff
Cheap Lamisil
Aceon
Casodex
Cheap Nolvadex
Hoodia Weght
Order Phentrimine
Miacalcin
Cheap Ansaid
Buy Avandamet
Purchase Lexapro
Purchase Cephalexin
Cheap Purinethol
Purchase Diakof
Confido
Cheap Bontril
Didrex
Cheap Accupril
Himcospaz
Pulmicort Inhaler
Purchase Parlodel
Tenormin
Phentrimine
Purchase StretchNil
Purchase Ambien
Order Trazodone
Cheap Rimonabant
Buy Bonnisan
Buy Levothroid
(more…)

People With Impaired Vision ‘Less Likely To Be Employed’

People with visual impairments are less likely to be employed than people with other disabilities, according to a report on the UK labour market experiences of people with sight problems prepared for the RNIB by the Institute of Employment Studies (http://fastlink.headstar.com/ies1).

The report was compiled through secondary analysis of the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS – http://fastlink.headstar.com/lfs1) over the period July 2004 to June 2007. The LFS recorded 184,000 people of working age in the UK who describe themselves as having  seeing difficulties’. Of those 108,000 are classed as disabled, 95,000 of whom have a ‘work-limiting’ disability.

The RNIB report finds people over 55 are three times more likely to have seeing difficulties as those in the 16-24 age bracket, which is a greater increase with age than with other kinds of disabilities. (more…)

Vision-Impaired IT Worker Wins Discrimination Case.

A vision impaired IT professional has been has been awarded 12,000 Euros compensation by an industrial tribunal in Ireland after it was accepted that a recruitment process used by multinational company Siemens discriminated against job applicants with disabilities.

(more…)

Next Entries »