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Job Application Disability Checkbox Toggle Visibility

I am writing on behalf of a friend with multiple disabilities.

 

The application process is problematic, in that those with disabilities need a way to give an employer an honest heads up without fear of discrimination. Perhaps a confidential area that could be checked, and masked during a review session of qualifications, but exposed when it is time for interviews so that the employer can accommodate.

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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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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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Deaf Assistive Technology

Intenstive training on understanding how the devices for the Deaf/HH/Communication disablity category works and applies to the job situtations especially complex ones appropriately.

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Mentoring Program

Design a mentoring program where accessibility experts mentor younger technology designers/developers to expose them to the field of accessibility.

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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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Training Tools for Procurement

Create and offer training tools related to procurement best practices so that purchasing personnel understand why and how to write accessibility requirements into their requests for proposals (RFPs), and how to test the accessibility of the products they receive from vendors.

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AT assessments should be performed with follow-up

Trained Assistive Technology & Human Service (ATHS) professionals can perform evaluations that match a person with technology and also take into consideration the work environment, other factors and look toward future needs as other technology changes. Assessment tools such as the MPT have outcome based measures. Gathering important data with a follow-up plan, documenting who the responsible parties will be, and when ...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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