As an individual with a disability, assistive technology (AT) is a frequent theme on my blog because of its usefulness in the lives of individuals who have disabilities. I suggest that readers review some of my past assistive technology articles such as
On August 10, 2021, I attended a webinar hosted and presented by the
Entitled “AT Update: What’s New in 2021”. The presentation discusses assistive technology on-the-job. In this blog post, I will summarize what I learned.
Assistive Technology Overview/Accommodations Interactive Process
Assistive technology is not always expensive. JAN said that the
endeavors to be a go-to source for information. I suggest that Delawareans check out the
Assistive technology options may be limited for some workplaces or overwhelming for other companies. The interactive process can usually lead to providing sufficient on-the-job accommodations. An employee needs to specify that a change is needed at work for a medical reason (such as disability). The employer then gathers information about available accommodations. The employer chooses what accommodation will be provided. The presentation then switched gears to focus on a variety of assistive technology examples.
Assistive Technology Example: Healthcare
Assistive technology can pose challenges in the health-care industry. Specifically, electronic health-care record systems vary in their levels of accessibility. A presenter gave the example of someone who changed jobs (the hospital where she worked) because one system was more accessible than another.
AT example: hearing
For meetings, captioning can help some people. It is also important for one person to speak at a time. To accommodate employees who use hearing aids, limiting background noise is crucial. JAN stated that during the pandemic, people who are hard-of-hearing or deaf have identified effective assistive technology solutions. Example: meetings can be attended using video relay service or telephone captioning. Other people used a telephone amplifier. Remote captioning has become a common accommodation. Automated captioning is not always as effective as a professional captioning. Bottom line: A variety of assistive technologies are available to help people with a variety of disabilities.
Question for readers
What assistive technologies do you find useful in your everyday life; why? I will return next week with another article.