[Nfbnet-members-list] Express Employment Professionals Makes Testing Accessible to Blind Job Seekers

Mau, Kirsten kmau at nfb.org
Fri Jul 13 00:39:08 UTC 2018


Express Employment Professionals Makes Testing Accessible to Blind Job Seekers

Baltimore, Maryland (July 11, 2018): Express Employment 
Professionals, a leading national staffing company, has committed to 
ensuring that its employee testing solutions can be used by blind and 
low-vision job seekers and employees. The decision was made after 
consultation with the National Federation of the Blind, the oldest 
and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United 
States and a leading advocate for equal employment and digital 
accessibility. The commitment means that Express' testing solutions 
will be usable by blind applicants who access computers and digital 
information with technologies like text-to-speech screen readers 
and/or Braille displays.

Express has adopted the accessible IBM Kenexa Assess software 
nationwide for evaluating the skills of job applicants. Going 
forward, Express is committed to using only accessible assessment 
software that complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 
Version 2.0, Level AA (WCAG 2.0AA), an internationally recognized 
standard for equal access to websites and other digital resources.

"Unemployment among blind people is a chronic problem, primarily 
driven by low expectations of our capabilities, but unnecessarily 
aggravated by the inaccessibility of technology," said Mark 
Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "Blind 
people often can't successfully apply for jobs for which they are 
qualified because of inaccessible application and testing 
technologies. The commitment that Express Employment Professionals 
has made to accessibility will dramatically enhance opportunities for 
blind workers, allowing them to demonstrate their capacity and 
ultimately contribute in the workplace. The National Federation of 
the Blind commends Express for the steps it is taking to promote 
equal access to its testing solutions, and we hope that other leaders 
in staffing and recruiting will follow this company's outstanding example."

"Express Employment Professionals is committed to equal employment 
opportunities for all applicants, including the blind," said Bill 
Stoller, CEO of Express. "We are therefore taking steps to ensure 
that our employment solutions are always fully accessible to this 
underutilized pool of job seekers."


About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in 
Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind 
Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, 
and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. 
The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides 
information and support to families with blind children, older 
Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes 
and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into 
reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at 

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated 
$3.4 billion in sales and employed a record 540,000 people in 2017. 
Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For 
more information, visit <https://www.expresspros.com/>expresspros.com.

Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org

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