•   about 8 years ago

Four Goals?

"The winner of the award will be the application that is scored the highest by the public, and may focus on any one or more of the four possible goals."

Sorry if I'm not reading correctly.. I don't see the possible goals listed anywhere. From my insight, perhaps it is:

- Educate Employers
- Job Hunting For Disabled
- Training Disabled
- Wackyness?

Please let me know.. thanks

  • 3 comments

  • Manager   •   about 8 years ago

    Muneeb,

    Thanks for your note. The 4 goals are listed under the HOME tab and CHALLENGE SUMMARY section. Please see below:

    Each submission should achieve at least one of the following goals:

    •Promote Recruitment Resources for Employers:
    These features should provide recruitment resources for employers to identify individuals with disabilities to hire by using tools such as Career One-Stops Centers, state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, employment networks, educational institutions and programs, non-profit organizations, and private recruitment resources.

    •Develop Job Training and Skill-Building Tools for Job Seekers:
    These features should include vocational and workforce training resources, apprenticeship, internship, and mentorship resources, resume tips, as well as resources and tools related to “soft skills” (e.g., interview skills, etc.).

    •Facilitate Employment-Related Transportation Options:
    These features should use publically available resources to expand individuals with disabilities access to and knowledge of accessible employment-related transportation options.

    •Expand Web and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility:

    These features should use publicly available tools regarding website and ICT accessibility that will help employers improve their systems to be accessible to applicants with disabilities, as well as current employees.

    Thanks,

    Xavier Hughes

  •   •   almost 8 years ago

    These goals are somewhat vague with regard to 'apps'. Will apps that both develop skills prior to obtaining employment as well as on the job be considered? Is there a target population within the disability community (ie: high vs lower functioning? TBI? Autism? Cognitive Disability? Physical Disability?) It would also seem that apps targeting only one goal may be graded lower (ie: points given for only one area vs points given under 4 areas)... is that correct?

    Thanks

    Dr. Williamson

  • Manager   •   almost 8 years ago

    Robert,

    The mission and goals of the challenge are very specific in nature:

    Each submission should achieve at least one of the following goals:

    •Promote Recruitment Resources for Employers:
    These features should provide recruitment resources for employers to identify individuals with disabilities to hire by using tools such as Career One-Stops Centers, state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, employment networks, educational institutions and programs, non-profit organizations, and private recruitment resources.

    •Develop Job Training and Skill-Building Tools for Job Seekers:
    These features should include vocational and workforce training resources, apprenticeship, internship, and mentorship resources, resume tips, as well as resources and tools related to “soft skills” (e.g., interview skills, etc.).

    •Facilitate Employment-Related Transportation Options:
    These features should use publically available resources to expand individuals with disabilities access to and knowledge of accessible employment-related transportation options.

    •Expand Web and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility:
    These features should use publicly available tools regarding website and ICT accessibility that will help employers improve their systems to be accessible to applicants with disabilities, as well as current employees.

    In addition, submissions should:

    •be creative, innovative, and easy to use;
    •provide access to important data and resources;
    •attract users with different skill sets and language preferences;
    •beaccessible (e.g.,compatibleand interoperablewith assistive technology commonly used by individuals with disabilities, such as screen reading and speech recognition software) - *see also rule 9 re: 508 compliance
    •consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app; and
    •be targeted towards a variety of audiences including students, teachers, career counselors, workforce professionals, and women working or seeking work at all levels in a variety of salaried and hourly jobs.

    Submissions should be creative and innovative, offering the public easy access to important data and resources that meet the stated goals of this challenge. Successful apps could take many different forms, such as: interactive and informative games, social or professional networks, or data visualization.

    Submissions may be designed for internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones, or as native Windows or Macintosh applications.

    Additionally, submissions should consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app, and should also consider means to attract users with different skill sets and language preferences.

    Applications that target one goal will be graded at the same level as those that target all 4 goals. Final grades will be determined by very specific criteria:

    Mission
    How well does the application address at least one of the four goals defined for this challenge?

    Creativity
    How innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements?

    Design and Ease of Use
    Does the application present information in a way that is easy for the target audiences to use and is pleasing to the eye?

    Whichever field you chose to address (pre-employment or employed) is up to you.

    Thanks for your question and please don't hesitate to contact us again if you have more questions.

    Xavier Hughes

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