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Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology

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For today’s workers and job seekers, information and communication technologies are essential to getting a job and performing in the workplace. But numerous systemic barriers still prevent the development and adoption of technology that is accessible to many job applicants and employees with disabilities—and PEAT is on a mission to address and remove those barriers!

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October, we’re inviting the public to join this conversation by opening our online dialogue to everyone. Simply log on and begin by voting on our working list of top ideas, which have been contributed and synthesized by our PEAT Think Tank members. We also encourage you to expand upon them by brainstorming and sharing your thoughts on how best to implement the ideas you support. And of course, we’re also eager to hear any new ideas that have not yet been submitted in response to this question:

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Topic: Awareness

Create Business ROI via Federal Incentives/Investment

The business of accessibility and workforce accommodation carries the stigma of a 'cost of doing business'. Public and private sector organizations have no meaningful incentive for hiring individuals with disabilities or investing in the business of accessibility. Why? Both are built upon litigious foundations: Civil Rights & Compliance. In order to shift that paradigm to a win-win scenario, organizations, especially ...more »

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Implement an Accessibility Maturity Model (AMM)

Successful support for workplace accessibility is contingent on a top-down business model -- specifically, an Accessibility Maturity Model. Most employers view accessibility and accommodation as something they must address in order to meet obligations. Accessibility done right is a way to cut costs, build capacity, and establish partnerships. Accessibility as a driver for innovation is an opportunity to learn what’s needed ...more »

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Use "Free" if possible

The cheaper it is, the more places you'll be able to place it within a work center. It doesn't get cheaper than free.

 

Dragon naturally speaking is expensive; in some (but not all) cases users may use free software, such as dictation.io, or Google Voice, Firefox Hello

 

Here's dictation.io

https://dictation.io/

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Hire people with disabilities

This may seem a little circular, but people often have unfounded fears or unfortunate preconceptions about disability. The only thing I have seen that works every time is to have real live people with disabilities, doing meaningful work, just like anybody else. Things can be a little awkward at first (tip: a little etiquette training helps) but eventually it's the person who is seen, not the disability. When you reach ...more »

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Nurture Accessibility Champions

In tandem with the "accessibility policy" idea, an organization needs to foster and nurture accessibility champions, starting with leadership. Leaders need to understand why accessibility is critical for their organization and have the tools to create and support an effective accessibility policy. Then additional champions need to be identified and nurtured throughout the organization. They need to have the training, ...more »

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Change the entire system to give people hope of upward mobiliy

I believe a disabled individual should figure out ways to do tasks independently or more efficiently in their home. Then, take those skills to the workplace. I am an employed disabled quadriplegic with minimal hand functioning. I have seen and used some incredible assistive technology that has enabled me to do something that I previously could not do or the technology made me more time efficient. But, there is a need ...more »

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When Purchasing Company Technology, Evaluate for Accessibilty

Much of the world is on a digital platform now, and some companies are more friendly than others when it comes to making their software accessible. There is more to assistive technology than the formal screen readers such as JAWS or NVDA, or Dragon-Naturally speaking. Many of the Apple products have a fantastic version of free screen-reading capability embedded in them (Voice Over), there are free applications available ...more »

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In Orientation, Training, add videos showing AT in use

Thank you so much for this very important conversation. I think that one way to increase awareness is simply to document someone using assistive technology in the workplace, as a video. When people see how hard it is, I find that most are affected, and try to do anything in their power to help out. Watching a video of someone using JAWS, or Dragon Naturally Speaking to get the job done is very eye-opening, and I recommend ...more »

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Foster a mindset of accomodation

I am writing on behalf of a friend with multiple disabilities, his input is below: Once, he applied for a job as a ticket-taker at a theatre. He was asked if he could tear the tickets from the stub. He replied that he could, but it might not be a perfectly clean rip. He was told he could not do the job. Consider a very small accommodation of just having a small jig or weight by which he could place a ticket, and ...more »

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