With so many offices transitioning to remote work and all the technology that helps power that, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or be unsure where to start when it comes to the virtual accessible workplace. I wanted to get you up to speed quickly which is why I’m talking to my next guest while also pointing you to a handful of great resources to help educate yourself and your leadership on how to make the remote workplace more accessible.
Episode 223: Making the Virtual Workplace Accessible with Josh Christianson (@ethos_josh)
This episode of the Workology Podcast is part of our Future of Work series powered by PEAT, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. In honor of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this July, we’re investigating what the next 30 years will look like for people with disabilities at work, and the potential of emerging technologies to make workplaces more inclusive and accessible. Today, I’m joined by Josh Christianson, Co-Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology.
How Do We Make Virtual Meetings and Work From Communications Accessible?
As more workers are working from home now than ever before, I wanted to tap into the expertise of Josh when it comes to making remote meetings and your virtual office accessible. In our rush to work from home, these are things we likely missed. Josh shares that the first place to start is by investigating our current technology and software products. He says that many of these already have built in accessibility features. For example, Josh mentions to me that Facebook Live video offers closed captioning which is fantastic but like you I wasn’t aware until now. Josh also shares about a number of built in accessibility features in Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and even Go to Meeting. Continue reading here…