Assistive Technologies That Help Job Seekers with Disabilities. CTWorks Assistive Technology.
That Help Job Seekers
CTWorks Assistive Technology
This presentation is intended to provide information about and how to use the assistive technology available in each of the CTWorks Career Centers. The information will be helpful to employers, job seekers, service providers and Career Center staff.
CTWorks Assistive Technology
Presentation team members include Michelle Laramie, Rehabilitation Technologist for the CT Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Arlene Lugo, Program Director of the Connecticut Tech Act for the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the CT Department of Social Services, Kathleen Marioni, Operations Coordinator for the CT Department of Labor, and Joyce Barcley, AVP Special Projects for The WorkPlace, Inc.
This presentation was developed by members of the Connecticut State Leaders Innovation Institute, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (Number OD-16563-07-75-4-34). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply the endorsement of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Assistive Technology is any item or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functioning of individuals with disabilities at work, at school, and in the community.
Two words that should be emphasized in this definition of Assistive Technology are the words “any item”.
The main purpose of Assistive Technology devices and services are to reduce or remove barriers and to increase functioning.
In an employment setting, an Assistive Technology device can be an accommodation that allows an individual to complete their work tasks and the essential functions of their jobs.
Myth: Assistive Technology is too expensive – employers don’t want to pay for Assistive Technology or accommodations.
Fact: The Job Accommodations Network has collected cost and benefit data which suggest that more than half of all workplace accommodations cost less than $500.
Fact: Job Accommodations Network statistics show that most employers report financial benefits from provided accommodations due to a reduction in the cost of training new employees, a reduction in the cost of insurance, and an increase in worker productivity.*
* From the Job Accommodations Network Frequently Asked Questions
Assistive Technology devices are typically identified as:
Low Tech: easier to use and integrate, generally little or no customization, lower cost.
Mid Tech: moderate cost, may have computer or electronic components, may require some training to learn how to use and integrate, may have some maintenance or repair costs.
High Tech: multiple features, more complex, may be highly customized, will require training and more time on the users part to learn how to use and integrate, will likely require maintenance and costs more.
Board of Education Services for the Blind (BESB)
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)
The Connecticut Tech Act Project
Department of Labor
Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County
Eastern CT Assistive Technology Center
New England Assistive Technology Center
The National Public Website on Assistive Technology
Job Accommodations Network (JAN)