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  1. Information Technology Accessibility: Implications for People with Disabilities
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Presentation Purpose
  4. Cornell University Research
  5. Why Interest in IT and the HR Process?
  6. E-HR and People with Disabilities
  7. HR and IT Survey
  8. Percentage of Respondents Organizations' Workforce Using Computers More than Half the Workday, by Industry
  9. Organizations' Use of Online Technology
  10. Use of On-line Technology by Organization Size
  11. Perceptions of IT as a Barrier

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Information Technology Accessibility: Implications for People with Disabilities

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Workplace Accommodations:
State of the Science Conference
September 15, 2005


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Acknowledgements

This research was funded by two four-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to Cornell University (NIDRR): Grant No. H133A70005 (Improving Employer Practices Covered by Title I of the ADA) and Grant No. H133B980038 (Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Economic Research on Employment Policy for People with Disabilities).


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Presentation Purpose

Discuss the accessibility of human resources (HR) online processes and the implications for applicants and employees with disabilities


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Cornell University Research


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Why Interest in IT and the HR Process?


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E-HR and People with Disabilities


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HR and IT Survey

  • 422 private sector HR representatives interviewed
  • SHRM Members
  • Had participated in 1998 survey of employer practices
  • 24% from large organizations (5000+ employees)
  • 42% from organizations with fewer than 500 employees
  • 13% from finance/insurance organizations
  • 41% from service organizations

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    Percentage of Respondents Organizations' Workforce Using Computers More than Half the Workday, by Industry

    Bar graph: Percent of all respondents organizations’ workforce (n=433) that use computers more than half the workday, by industry, excluding "don't know/refused" responses.

  • Finance - 87% (n=37)
  • High tech / Computers / Telecomm - 80% (n=29)
  • Insurance - 80% (n=17)
  • Service - 60% (n=171)
  • Public Administration - 60% (n=26)
  • Retail / Wholesale Trade - 47% (n=23)
  • Manufacturing - 42% (n=93)
  • Transportation / Utilities - 40% (n=24)
  • Source: Survey of SHRM Membership on IT Access in the Employment Process. Cornell University, 2003.


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    Organizations’ Use of Online Technology

    Bar graph: Percent of all respondents (n=433) that use online technology for various purposes, by the amount of use, excluding "don't know/refused" responses.

    A Great Deal Some Not at All
    Online Employee Training 4% 59% 37%
    Online Benefits Self-Service 18% 39% 43%
    Online Benefits Information Dissemination 25% 57% 18%
    Online Job Postings 44% 45% 11%

    Source: Survey of SHRM Membership on IT Access in the Employment Process. Cornell University, 2003.


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    Use of On-line Technology by Organization Size

    Bar graph: Percent of all respondents (n=433) that use online technology for various purposes, by organization size, excluding "don't know/refused" responses.

    Under 500 Employees 500 - 4999 Employees Over 5000 Employees

  • Online Employee Training 45% 68% 88%
  • Online Benefits Self-Service 46% 57% 78%
  • Online Benefits Information Dissemination 74% 84% 93%
  • Online Job Postings 84% 91% 97%
  • Note: All types of technology show a statistically significant difference at the p= .05 level.

    Source: Survey of SHRM Membership on IT Access in the Employment Process. Cornell University, 2003.


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    Perceptions of IT as a Barrier

    Bar graph: Percent of all respondents (n=433) that perceive that IT would be a barrier for various disability groups, by magnitude of barrier, excluding "don't know/refused" responses.

    Very Significant Barrier (1) Somewhat a Barrier (2,3,4) Not a Barrier at All (5)

  • Wheelchair users 2% 13% 86%
  • Deaf 7% 45% 48%
  • Cognitive/learning disabilities 14% 79% 6%
  • Fine motor limitations 18% 73% 10%
  • Visually impaired 38% 52% 10%


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