Twenty-five years ago today the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law prohibiting discrimination based on disability. Since that time the ADA has been amended to better serve the intent of the law – leveling the playing field for people with disabilities in all aspects of life. This includes opening doors to the workplace more widely, allowing individuals with disabilities equal access to enjoy the financial, personal and social benefits derived from work.
SSB sees access to digital technology as a profound empowering force in the lives of individuals with disabilities. We also see the value in a diverse workforce which includes employees of all abilities. Approximately half of our talented team of analysts and consultants are individuals with disabilities, uniquely qualified to identify barriers to access and offer practical solutions.
As part of the US Department of Labor’s (DoL) celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, Secretary Tom Perez and Deputy Secretary Chris Lu have been traveling across the country to talk with Americans with disabilities. As part of that initiative Deputy Secretary Lu recently visited SSB’s Vienna, VA office to meet with Sam Joehl. In addition to his position as Principal Technical Consultant with SSB, Sam serves on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee. Sam demonstrated how he tests digital content for accessibility using a screen reader and braille display, often faster than his coworkers without visual impairments.
You can read the full story of the Deputy Secretary’s visit with Sam as part of the DoL’s “A Day in the Life” blog series.