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Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). Access Series: Assistive Technology (AT) & t he One-Stop Part 1. Hosted/Facilitated by: Miranda Kennedy, NDI Consulting, Inc Presented by: Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski, New York AT Project Mystie Rail, Assistive Technology of Alaska. 2011 Training Series.

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disability employment initiative dei
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

Access Series: Assistive Technology (AT) & the One-Stop

Part 1

Hosted/Facilitated by: Miranda Kennedy, NDI Consulting, Inc

Presented by: Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski, New York AT ProjectMystie Rail, Assistive Technology of Alaska

2011 Training Series

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Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

  • Local WIBs participating in the DEI must verify that they are in compliance with physical, programmatic, and communication accessibility requirements established in the non-discrimination regulations at Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). DOL expects that DEI projects and LWIBs will continue to review and upgrade access to their One-Stop Career Center system as part of their ongoing administration and compliance obligations.
  • Training and Technical Assistance to DEI Projects to increase accessibility within the One-Stops is provided under U.S. DOLETA contract with NDI Consulting, Inc. and the National Disability Institute (NDI).
  • Evaluation of the impact of the DEI Projects implementation and outcomes around access issues will be provided under U.S. DOL ODEP contract with Social Dynamics.
at the one stops learning objectives
AT & the One Stops Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training webinar, DEI

grantees and participants from the public

workforce system will have:

  • A broad understanding of the types of Assistive Technology available to job seekers/employees with disabilities
  • An increased understanding of Assistive Technology (AT) resources & partners
  • Strategies for accessing AT, and AT-related resources & partners in order to provide good customer service to job seekers with disabilities in the One-Stops
at the one stops agenda
AT & the One Stops Agenda
  • What is Assistive Technology (AT)?
  • Overview & Highlights of Legislation around AT
  • Case Studies
  • AT Partners & Resources
  • State collaboration updates from NY & AK
  • Q&A
what is assistive technology
What is Assistive Technology?
  • “Assist” or “Assistive”
    • to give usually supplementary support or aid
    • providing aid or assistance; specifically:designed or intended to assist disabled persons

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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What is Assistive Technology?

  • “Technology”
  • the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area
  • a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge
  • the use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems
  • a machine, piece of equipment, method, etc., that is created by technology

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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What is Assistive Technology?
  • Assistive + Technology =
    • generic term for devices and modifications that help overcome or remove a disability
    • devices, software, or services for people with disabilities that promotes greater independence
    • provides enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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What is Assistive Technology?
  • In the beginning….
low tech assistive technology
Low Tech Assistive Technology?

any device or system that allows someone with a disability to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do

mid tech assistive technology
MidTech Assistive Technology?

any device or system that allows someone with a disability to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do

high tech assistive technology
High Tech Assistive Technology?

any device or system that allows someone with a disability to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do

did you know
Did you know?
  • 57% of working age adults in the U.S. are likely to benefit from the use of accessible technology
  • 2010 unemployment rate
    • 14.8 % for people with a disability
    • 9.4 % for people with no disability
  • Employer costs for accommodations
    • 56% cost $0
    • 38% incurred a one-time cost
    • 4% incurred on
legislation
Legislation

Assistive Technology Act of 1998Public Law 105-394 [29 USC 2201]

  • Also known as the “Tech Act”
  • Three types of programs:
    • Demonstration centers, information and awareness, equipment loan
    • Protection and advocacy
    • Low interest loans and other alternative financing options
what can your at project do for you
What can your AT Project do for you?

Assistive Technology Act of 1998

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-118/pdf/STATUTE-118-Pg1707.pdf

  • Demonstration
  • Information and Awareness
  • Equipment Loans
  • Low Interest Loans
assistive technology laws
Assistive Technology Laws

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Public Law 101-334 [42 USC 12101]

http://www.ada.gov

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Public Law 94-142

http://idea.ed.gov/

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act29 USC § 794d

http://www.section508.gov

Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998P.L. 105-332 Section 1 (b) [20 USC 2302]

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/sectech/leg/perkins/index.html

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Assistive Technology Laws

Telecommunications Act of 1996http://transition.fcc.gov/telecom.html

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 Public Law 100-394 [47 USC 610 (b)]

http://transition.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OSEC/library/legislative_histories/1337.pdf

Federal Government Procurement of Accessible Information TechnologyPublic Law 105-220 Section 408 [29 USC 794 (d)]

http://www.justice.gov/crt/508/report2/far.php

Workforce Investment Act of 1998Public Law 105-220 [29 USC 701]

http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/wia/act.cfm

case study 1 jim
Case Study 1 - Jim

Computer Access Example

Background

  • Age: young man
  • Diagnosis: Muscular Dystrophy
  • Observations: fine motor deficits
  • AT Used: Power wheelchair

Goal

  • Teach college level Accounting
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Case Study 1 - Jim

Computer Access Example

Goal

  • Teach college level Accounting
case study 2 jennifer
Case Study 2 - Jennifer

Computer Access Example 2

Background

  • Diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Observations: Weak upper extremity strength and limitations in movement, difficulty using keyboard and mouse
  • AT Used: manual wheelchair

Goal

  • Review patient charts to gather data independently
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Case Study 2 - Jennifer

Computer Access Example 2

Goal

  • Review patient charts to gather data independently
case study 3 gary
Case Study 3 - Gary

Low Vision Example

Background

  • Diagnosis: Low Vision
  • AT Used: Zoomtext magnification software

Goal

  • Needs to access website necessary to do his job
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Case Study 3 - Gary

Low Vision Example

Goal

  • Needs to access website necessary to do his job
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Case Study 4 - Cari

Environmental Control Example

Background

  • Diagnosis: Quadriplegia
  • Observations: Partial arm and shoulder movement, hand mobility impairments
  • AT Used: Power wheelchair

Goal

  • Office Assistant
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Case Study 4 - Cari

Environmental Control Example

Goal

  • Office Assistant
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Case Study 5 - Rose

Self-Employment Example

Background

  • Age: mid ‘50s
  • Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy and Mild Mental Deficits
  • Observations: Dysarthria, fine motor deficits, non-ambulatory

Goal

  • Greeting card design business
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Case Study 5 - Rose

Self-Employment Example

Goal

  • Greeting card design business
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Case Study 6 - Justin

Multiple Disabilities Example

Background

  • Age: early 20s
  • Diagnosis: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Dual Sensory Impaired (deaf-blind)
  • Observations: Non-communicator, deaf, blind, physical impairments

Goal

  • Start business making T-shirts for deaf-blind awareness
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Case Study 6 - Justin

Multiple Disabilities Example

Goal

  • Start business making T-shirts for deaf-blind awareness
case study 6 shawn
Case Study 6 - Shawn

Learning Disability Example

Background

  • Age: male in early 50s
  • Diagnosis: severe dyslexia
  • Observations: extremely articulate, great memory, kindergarten reading level

Goal

  • Return to work on North Slope oil field as a Health, Safety, and Environmental Coordinator
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Case Study 6 - Shawn

Learning Disabilities Example

Goal

  • Return to work on North Slope oil field in safety and OSHA regulations
case study 7 amy
Case Study 7 - Amy

Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury Example

Background

  • Age: female in early 30s
  • Diagnosis: severe ADHD and ATBI
  • Observations: poor hygiene, disorganized, possible depression

Goal

  • Work in library or bookstore, return to college
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Case Study 7 - Amy

Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury Example

Goal

  • Work in library or bookstore, return to college
partner resources
Partner Resources
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN)www.askjan.org
  • ABLEDATA: The National Database of Assistive Technology Informationwww.abledata.com
  • Alliance for Technology Accesswww.ataccess.org
  • Center for Rehabilitation Technologywww.assistivetech.net
  • National Business & Disability Councilwww.business-disability.com
  • RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)www.resna.org
  • Tech Connectionswww.techconnections.org
  • Trace Research & Development Centerhttp://trace.wisc.edu
  • Virtual Assistive Technology Centerwww.at-center.com
funding resources
Funding Resources

Options

  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Guaranteed Loan Fund through State Tech Act
  • Public and Private Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation

www.abledata.com/abledata_docs/funding.htm

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New York AT Project & DEI
  • 2003, TRAID Program and Department of Labor
    • Memorandum of Understanding for $20,000
    • provide services
  • The 12 Regional TRAID Centers were responsible to provide:
    • Full day and half day trainings on disability awareness and assistive technology
    • On-site technical assistance and consultation to One Stop Center staff
    • Regional TRAID Center staff continue to assist One Stop Center staff on an as needed basis
assistive technology of alaska dei
Assistive Technology of Alaska & DEI

History

  • 2002 – Work Incentives Grant (DVR)
  • 2003 – AT installed and staff trained 22 One Stop sites
  • 2007 – AT reviewed by ATLA 12 One Stop sites
    • Upgraded technology
    • Hands-on “simulation” DPN workshop
    • Created “Quick Start” guide & posters
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Assistive Technology of Alaska & DEI
  • 2011
    • DEI Resource Coordinator review
      • Past usage
      • Upgrade/replacement needs
      • Effective use of today’s technologies
      • Implement changes (2011 / 2012)
    • ATLA continued partnership with DEI Program Coordinator
      • Provide upgraded equipment
      • Provide awareness materials and technical support
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What did we learn?

  • Rarely or never used
  • Staff turnover created AT knowledge gaps
  • Lack of advertising = lack of use
  • Complexity of AT lead to lack of use
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What did we learn?

  • AT lost / stolen
  • Need for lead staff
  • Need for regular scheduled training
  • Resource materials focused on consumerneeds, not the technology
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What’s the next step?

Focus on:

  • Website Accessibility
  • Communications
  • Accessible Materials
  • “Quick Start” Guides
  • Annual One Stop staff training on AT

Integration & Identification are key!

common one stop at tools
Common One-Stop AT Tools

Low Vision / Blindness

  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Large print “keycaps” for keyboard
  • Sheet magnifier
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CommonOne-Stop AT Tools

Low Vision / Blindness

  • Video magnification system
  • Screen reading software for blindness
  • Screen magnification / reading for low vision
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Common One-Stop AT Tools

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

  • TTY
  • FM systems
  • Personal amplification systems
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Common One-Stop AT Tools

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

  • Amplified phone
  • In line phone amplifier
  • UbiDuo
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Common One Stop AT Tools

Computer Access

  • Adjustable computer workstation
  • Adjustable Keyboard Tray
  • Trackball mouse
  • Monitor stand
  • Armrests
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Common One Stop AT Tools

Computer Access

  • Voice recognition software with noise cancellation microphone / headset
  • Adjustable keyboard
  • “Head mouse”
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Common One-Stop AT Tools

Computer Access

  • Scan and read software
  • Scanner
  • Word prediction software
  • Touchscreen
contact information
Contact Information
  • Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski

NYS TRAID Program

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

(800) 624-4143

Lisa.Rosano@cqc.ny.gov

  • Mystie Rail

Assistive Technology of Alaska

(907) 563-2599 ext. 106

mystie@atlaak.org

www.atlaak.org