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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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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/

Submitted by (@sharonaustin)

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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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Market Research on Universal Design

Obtain updated market research about the broad benefits of universal design in order to demonstrate why it pays to build and buy technology products, applications, and systems that are accessible.

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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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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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System-Wide Implementation of Accessible Software

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.

Submitted by (@sharonaustin)

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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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Have special settings for "time-out" sessions

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.

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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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Events and New Technology

Finding resources focused on how to attend various events that have showcases or presentations based on hearing disablity category (Deaf/HH/Communication). A variety of technology devices are needed to help people who have a hearing disability when today's technology is advanced.

Submitted by (@karen.grewal30)

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