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Equitable AI in the Workplace

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:20 PM PST  
Platinum 6 (LIVESTREAM)  

Due to technological innovations, the landscape of employment looks very different than it did even a decade ago. An interview might be scheduled—or an application rejected—before a human ever reads the candidate’s resume, and a computer may decide when an employee is due for a pay raise. Advances in technology are also creating new possibilities to boost accessibility and accommodation options at work for people with disabilities.

The future promises to continue expanding these exciting trends, but implementation requires intentional focus. It’s essential that companies ensure the tools they use support their current goals to recruit and retain employees with disabilities—rather than unconsciously stepping back to outdated beliefs and unintentional discrimination practices.

The global adoption of AI technologies is outrunning the ability, or in some cases the will, to use AI responsibly and ethically. Worldwide spending on AI is expected to hit $110 billion in 2024. As AI has grown in use, it has come under fire across sectors and industries for inherent algorithmic bias. Ethical issues, bias, inclusivity, privacy, accountability, and transparency are serious problems that have been recognized since at least 2009, yet problems persist.

“Equitable AI” refers to AI technologies that humans intentionally design, develop, and implement to result in equitable outcomes for everyone, including people with disabilities. In the workplace, Equitable AI aims to produce fairer outcomes, increase opportunities, and improve workplace success for all workers regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status.

“Equitable AI Principles” are fundamental concepts that are aligned to various AI ethics frameworks. These principles can help organizations mitigate discrimination and bias to improve equitable outcomes when developing or implementing evaluating AI technologies.

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Session Summary (Abstract)
Innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are rapidly reshaping the workplace, from automated hiring systems to assistive technology. This session will explore AI’s potential to both help and hinder employment success for people with disabilities, with an emphasis on promising practices for responsible and inclusive implementation of AI-enabled workplace technologies.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Leadership & Strategy


  • Corinne Weible
    Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • Phill Jenkins
  • Bill Curtis-Davidson
    Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

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