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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.

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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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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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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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Watch WebAIM surveys, align equipment and use

User the WebAIM surveys to see how users are using different technology as assistive technology, and align purchases and support accordingly.

 

http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey6/

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Organization Wide IT Accessibility Policy is Key to Success

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 »

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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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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.

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Have special settings for "time-out" sessions

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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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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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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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