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Meet the Hosts of the ePolicyWorks Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Dialogue

The the U.S. Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

The Access Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among federal agencies and directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. Twelve of its members are representatives from most of the federal departments. Thirteen others, who are appointed by the President, are members of the public, and most of them must have a disability.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation is to “ensure our Nation has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which improves the quality of life for all American people and communities, from rural to urban, and increases the productivity and competitiveness of American workers and businesses.” On January 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies (AV 4.0).AV 4.0 presents a unifying posture to inform collaborative efforts in automated vehicles for all stakeholders and outlines past and current Federal Government efforts to address these areas of concern.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living (ACL) which was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans..

ePolicyWorks, launched by the U.S. Department of Labor' Office Disability Employment Policy, is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.

Participants in the ePolicyWorks initiative benefit from a variety of online tools and features to help them stay informed, build relationships, and partner on important policy developments. One of these key features is the ePolicyWorks online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. They enable ODEP to work with their partners to enlist the public's input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities by channeling the brainpower of our federal partners, nonprofits, NGOs and other stakeholders. To learn more about past ePolicyWorks dialogues, visit https://epolicyworks.ideascale.com/a/pages/epwdialoguelibrary.