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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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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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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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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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Collaborate with advocacy and employer organizations

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.

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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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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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Accessible Technology Skills

Support and foster initiatives to include accessible technology skills in job requirements.

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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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Accessibility for the Blind

Increase awareness to hiring professionals and IT departments of working with JAWS and other similar screen reading software to increase accessibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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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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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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