Information Technology and the Workplace: Implications for Persons with Disabilities

Susanne M. Bruyère, William E. Erickson, Sara Van Looy

Abstract


The Internet improves access to employment and community for many people. However, there is growing concern that many Web sites are inaccessible to people with certain disabilities. This article examines the impact on people with disabilities of online human resources processes used for employee recruitment, benefits, and training. In 2002, Cornell University staff reviewed the accessibility of 10 Job boards and 31 corporate e-recruiting Web sites. Human resource (HR) professionals are well positioned to report on key issues regarding these processes. A survey of 433 HR representatives was conducted regarding their organizations' use of information and Web technology in HR processes; knowledge of computer/Web barriers to employees with disabilities; and familiarity with assistive technology and resources. The authors summarize current literature and legislation relevant to Web accessibility, and discuss implications of their findings for businesses and people with disabilities in the workplace.


Keywords


Employment and people with disabilities; Web accessibility; e-recruiting; assistive technology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v25i2.548

Copyright (c) 2005 Susanne M. Bruyère, William E. Erickson, Sara Van Looy



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