AI to help people with disabilities on the labour market: opportunities and challenges.

A session promoted by GAATO and OECD

The road to work remains fraught with difficulties for people with disabilities and, if left unchecked, AI could further hinder labour market accessibility (e.g. through non-accessible innovations or biased algorithms). However, AI could also remove some of the barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities, notably through AI-powered assistive devices or AI-backed solutions improving the accessibility of mainstream systems. This session will discuss the main findings from an OECD report on the opportunities and challenges of using AI to foster labour marker accessibility, based on insights from AI innovators, users with disabilities, accessibility experts and policymakers. Discussants from OECD, GAATO, and other organisations will comment on the report and present their thoughts about how to make the best of AI to help people with disabilities access the labour market, as well as the role that governments can play.

Confirmed speakers and panellists:

ChloƩ Touzet, lead researcher for OECD on AI and labour market accessibility

Christine Hemphill, Managing Director of Open Inclusion, UK

Bill Curtis-Davidson, Co-Director of the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), USA

Klaus Miesenberger, Institut Integriert Studieren, University of Linz, Austria

Lampros Stergiouslas, UNESCO Chair / Professor in AI & Data Science for Society at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Chair: Luc de Witte, President of GAATO