Infuse accessible technology awareness and trainings during company onboarding and other trainings.
User the WebAIM surveys to see how users are using different technology as assistive technology, and align purchases and support accordingly.
We need services and IT systems that allow people to be responsive to fast paced change. Just like everyone around them. Too often "Assistive Technology" turns restrictive and static, limiting users to a subset of solutions and established processes. Public agencies, employers and especially the education environment need to embrace BYOD rather than try to prescribe the AT they will allow. Accessible Technology means ...more »
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 »
I am writing on behalf of a friend with disabilities, his ideas are below:
Because of their health, many with disabilities can't work without taking breaks. This is often at odds with much of the software applications they have to work with, which automatically times them out if they have been away too long. It is very hard to get back in and work again.
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.
Design a mentoring program where accessibility experts mentor younger technology designers/developers to expose them to the field of accessibility.
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 »
I am writing this on behalf of a friend with multiple disabilities: his thoughts follow here:
If the person has a difficulty writing, the company or organization could use a system like Dragon Speak to help the person be able to say what they want to say. Dragon on every platform, not just special platforms.
Some people have to use the phones or other devices other than computers to do their work.
Collaborate with advocacy and employer organizations to develop resources that help workers advocate for their workplace technology needs, and help companies and organizations create a workplace culture in which employees with disabilities feel comfortable doing so.
When an organization decides to state a commitment to accessibility, its motivation for such a pledge can be genuine, but the details of how that commitment is achieved can be nebulous. The best way to both solidify a commitment to accessibility as well as provide a mechanism by which the elements of accessibility can be identified and solutions implemented, starts with organizations having an accessibility policy. The ...more »
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 »