AT&T Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
We believe innovation promotes greater accessibility and inclusion that allows people from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds to come together… anywhere, anytime, and on any device. This inclusive culture is something we celebrate this month and all year long.
We need look no further than AT&T’s accessibility team to see how this inclusive culture benefits the company. John Herzog, Accessibility Solutions Engineer at AT&T, is visually impaired and is often called upon to test products and services that are under development for accessibility as part of his job responsibilities. Learn more about his journey on the C&S blog. In addition, check out the Consumer blog by Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect at AT&T, to learn about his part in the development of the highly accessible U-verse Easy Remote App.
We are opening doors and eliminating barriers that may have otherwise impacted individual growth for customers and employees alike. Following are a few of the many programs we offer:
- AT&T’s Employee Resource Group IDEAL (Individuals with Disabilities Enabling Advocacy Link) helps enhance the understanding, awareness, and resolution of the challenges facing individuals with disabilities. It focuses on making technology accessible to the disability community.
- AT&T is partnering with The Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to conduct training on how persons with disabilities can use the accessibility features on their wireless devices to access communications. In 2014, the program reached more than 450 participants. The program will continue into 2015.
- AT&T Serves began in 2013 with a strategic supplier, VETCONNEXX, in conjunction with the Bobby Dodd Institute. Through this collaboration, more than 50 jobs for veterans with disabilities have been created at AT&T. And within the next five years, AT&T is looking to grow that program to 1,000 veterans, veterans with disabilities, and spouses.
We are proud to be recognized for our efforts this year and hope to build upon them in years to come:
- Justice for All Corporate Leadership Award from the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD)
- Helen Keller Award from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- Disability Matters Honoree in the workforce category for the outreach, recruiting, career development, and talent management of people with disabilities.