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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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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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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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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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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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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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