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Assistive Technology Products for the Workplace

Assistive Technology is vital to obtaining employment and advancing in the workplace. There are a wide variety of hardware and software solutions available. Hardware such as a height adjustable desks, phones with built in captioning or a braille keyboard. Software such as voice recognition, screen readers and text-to-speech. Explore the links below to a variety of resources for AT in the Workplace.

MEETINGS AND TRAINING

LIVE REMOTE CAPTIONING

Live realtime captioning service is available for meetings, providing high-quality access for people with a hearing loss. Live captioning can include two-way communication between captioner and participants for Q&A and a post-meeting transcript. Search the web for RealTime Captioning to find companies that provide this service.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Wireless FM listening devices provide sound clarity and volume in all situations ranging from one-to-one discussions, noisy restaurants, group meetings or large conferences. Devices such as Conversor Pro or ADCO helps you to focus on the speaker’s voice and reduce the effects of room acoustics and background noise.

VIDEO CONFERENCING

In business we often find ourselves attending video conference meetings. With a computer, webcam and an app such as Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, EzTalks, WebEx, etc., people can participate in video meetings aided by a sign language interpreter. Also helpful for those who lip read so find phone meetings inaccessible.

TELEPHONE ACCESS

ORICOM LOUD AND CLEAR AMPLIFIED

Oricom corded phone

Oricom offers corded and cordless phones that amplify the sound for the user improving access to the telephone. Amplification is adjustable. It's compatible with hearing aids.

ARTONE BLUETOOTH NECKLOOP

Artone bluetooth neckloop

Artone offers a variety of communication solutions. This bluetooth compatible neckloop provides wireless connection between hearing aids and mobile phones or listening devices.

CAPTIONED TELEPHONE

CapTel offers a phone with screen and a free captioning service. Dial your call and the captioner types everything the caller says onto the screen.

BRAILLETOUCH

BrailleTouch provides a quick, accurate typing method on your smartphone, and you don’t need eyesight in order to use it.

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES IN THE IPHONE

iOS accessibility allows a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mom from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends.

SMART PHONE ACCESSIBILITY

The three major touchscreen platforms from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, each include built-in accessibility features for people with visual impairments.

KEYBOARD ACCESS

Users with motor disabilities, are blind, have tremors limiting fine motor control or do no have use of hands require an alternative keyboard to access their computer.

ESYS

Eurobraille offers bluetooth braille keyboards for a variety of devices.

OPTELEC

Braille keyboards for blind users.

MAXI-AIDS

MaxiAids has alternative keyboards, braille keyboards, keyboard accessories and overlays.

ZOOMTEXT LARGE PRINT KEYBOARD

Designed for anyone who struggles to see the lettering on their keyboard.

GENERAL RESOURCES

JAN - JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK

Free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Also check out Monitoring Reasonable Accommodations

ABLEDATA

 Search the AbleData database by Workplace. Filter results by using the options on the right-hand side.

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

 AT solutions and links to information for individuals with low or no vision.

SHRM

New Assistive Technologies Aid Employees with Disabilities article.

JAN - JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK

Free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Also check out Monitoring Reasonable Accommodations

ABLEDATA

 Search the AbleData database by Workplace. Filter results by using the options on the right-hand side.

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

 AT solutions and links to information for individuals with low or no vision.

SHRM

New Assistive Technologies Aid Employees with Disabilities article.

STREAMLINING THE WORKPLACE ACCOMODATIONS PROCESS

Blog by AT user and IBM developer of the Mobile Accommodation User app.

INSTITUTE ON DISABILITIES

This site offers links to information and training on AT for the workplace.

WORKPLACE ACCESSIBILITY TOOLKIT

This toolkit, developed by the US Department of Labor, provides useful information to employees and employers.

USING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

Ticket to Work from the Social Security Administration. Includes AT for office and non-office settings.

NCATP

The Toolbox: Agricultural Tools, Equipment, Machinery & Buildings for Farmers and Ranchers with Physical Disabilities.

LD ONLINE

Assistive Technology at Work - information on AT for Learning Disabilities and ADHD.

MONSTER.COM

Yes, this site for finding a new job includes information on AT for the workplace!

ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE: IN OUR OWN WORDS

A video of employees with a variety of disabilities describing how they use technology in the workplace.

ADA HOSPITALITY

Navigate, plan, and create accessible meetings, events and conferences.

TECHNOLOGICAL POSSIBILITIES, PRACTICAL CHALLENGES

A report looking at AT in the workplace including thinking around access, user training, reimbursement and other barriers. 

ODEP'S PARTNERSHIP ON EMPLOYMENT AND ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY

Increase the hiring, job success, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption and promotion of accessible technology.

QIAT FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN POST-SECONDARY

A Matrix  to help identify AT in the Post-Secondary environment. 

BE MY EYES JOINING MOOVIT TO MAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT MORE ACCESSIBLE

Cool Blind Tech published this blog about how Blind and low vision Moovit users can now access Be My Eyes directly from the Moovit app, to ensure a smooth journey with public transportation.