Technology Changes Everything: Innovating to Include People of All Abilities in a More Diverse Workforce
In October of 2017, the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School at Cornell University successfully hosted a Technology and Work Forum at Baruch College in NYC. The event centered around existing and emerging technology innovations that promote disability inclusion in the workplace.
Through panels and keynote speakers, several topics were addressed including:
- workforce development initiatives in technology and tech-intensive industries,
- training initiatives in the tech sector for people on the Autism Spectrum,
- inclusive design in tech products and services, entrepreneurship training and promotion for individuals with disabilities,
- and a discussion on how recruitment, screening, career development and job matching online tools can be design to facilitate greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.
The event welcomed individuals from leading technology companies, technology innovators and technology enabled companies such as financial and representatives from professional services firms, public policy makers, university and college educators and workforce development professionals promoting disability inclusion among future professionals in the technology sector, and more.
The Forum was a wonderful time of learning, discussion, and networking, with over 200 registrants. A research volume based on the panels and keynotes will be released in late 2018.