October 4, 2011
Today the National Council on Disability (NCD) is releasing a new report, “The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact on Employment and Opportunities for People with Disabilities.” NCD commissioned the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) to research and produce the report. It outlines the ongoing employment problems challenging people with disabilities and the promise that the networked economy and new digital media technology hold to transform the situation.
Previous research into the employment challenges faced by people with disabilities has focused on the scarcity of job opportunities and the perceived competitive disadvantages that they face. Instead this report focuses on the social capital and networking needed to match job opportunities with job seekers. Prepared by the Center for Advanced Communications Policy at Georgia Tech, the report also explores the employment possibilities of a set of key digital technologies: wireless communication platforms; social networks; immersive digital environments, including virtual worlds and tiered digital interactions, such as electronic games; open publishing; and open source processes. The report concludes that the transition to a new networked economy has the potential to change the way the world of work operates and provide many more avenues for employment for people with disabilities. A summary of the report can be found here, and a link to the full report here.
To mark the launch of the report, the NCD hosted a virtual job fair to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities, inviting government, NGO and private sector employers to send in current employment opportunities. On October 4 NCD distributed the positions by Twitter, Facebook and the NCD listserv, as examples of the technological opportunities described in the report.
View the NCD.gov announcement here
For more information contact James White at CACP: firstname.lastname@example.org