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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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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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Encourage BYOD in schools and workplace

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 »

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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.
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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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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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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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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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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.

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