AT for Employment Publication List

If you have the time and looking to dig deeper into the world of Assistive Technology, the following publications can assist you in understanding AT and the inclusion of people with disabilities into the labor market.

Best Practices for Recruiting, Hiring, Training, and Retaining People with Disabilities

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities through Collaborative Approaches (2011) (pdf)
This report provides research on employer and market driven initiatives to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion (pdf)
In this report, the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) features companies and leaders that provide valuable insights on the successes they have realized through the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of their corporate enterprises as well as in their marketing.

States as Model Employers: Strategies for Moving People with Disabilities into Careers in State Government (2011) (pdf)
This brief examines the practices that states are using to become model employers, including strategies being implemented to expand the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities within state government agencies.

Integrating Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities into State and Regional Economic and Workforce Development Strategies (2011) (pdf)
This brief offers some background on recent trends in economic and workforce development strategies, and highlights two regions that have been piloting initiatives to include opportunities for people with disabilities in their regional activities.

Obtaining Assistive Technology to Achieve Integrated Employment: Meeting the Challenges of Funding Assistive Technology and Specialized Equipment (pdf)
This article is part of the New York Makes Work Pay Initiative Newsletter, and looks at the path to self-supporting employment of one hypothetical person, Sam, and review some of the steps he takes to obtain AT to make his employment goals a reality.

WORK INCENTIVES AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Using the SSDI, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid Work Incentives to Fund AT or Leverage Funding for AT (pdf)
This publication is based on federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and Medicaid laws, regulations, and policy, with a focus on how those provisions will affect New York State residents with disabilities.  Although this is written for a New York audience and focuses on New York’s unique SSI rates and the state’s Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities criteria in examples, the overwhelming majority of the principles discussed in this brief is based on federal laws, regulations, and policy that apply equally in all states.

Publications from Agencies that Work with Employers to Hire People with Disabilities

Investing in America: The Public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program Employing the Talents of Qualified Americans with Disabilities in the Workplace During Challenging Economic Times (2012-2013) (pdf)
This CSAVR report includes recommendations for employment for people with disabilities and employment success stories.

Workplace Accommodations:  Low Cost, High Impact (2013) (pdf)
"Low Cost, High Impact" is a study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network that consistently shows that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers' compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (57%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

Small Investment-Big Savings:  A look at how vocational rehabilitation agencies save money by partnering with their statewide AT program
(2012) (pdf)
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies are finding that working with their statewide AT Act programs can save them funds.  This Resna Catalyst Project publication describes how Vocational Rehabilitation agencies have realized big savings by partnering with four statewide AT programs.

Work, Assistive Technology and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: The Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s Obligation to Fund AT to Support Employment Preparation
This publication can be viewed as a comprehensive treatise on the rights of people with disabilities to VR services under the Rehabilitation Act.  The publication goes through core Rehabilitation Act legal concepts, referencing the federal law and regulations, case law, and federal policy letters as relevant. Each section analyzes how the concepts discussed have implications for AT advocacy.

AT, Youth, and Employment

Work, Assistive Technology and Transition-Aged Youth: Funding of Work Related Assistive Technology Through Special Education Programs, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Medicaid, Medicare and SSI™s Plan for Achieving Self Support (2011) (pdf)
This 35-page article/AT funding manual was originally published in 2001 and 2004 under the Funding of Work-Related AT title.

Roadmaps to Employment Reports

Roadmaps for Enhancing Employment of Persons with Disabilities through Accessible Technology (Roadmap I) (2008) (pdf)
The first Roadmap report designed to enhance the hiring, retention, and advancement of persons with disabilities and others through accessible technology.

Roadmaps for Enhancing Employment of Persons with Disabilities through Accessible Technology (Roadmap II) (2009) (pdf)
This report is a continuation from Roadmap I, and presents the work of the Assistive Technology (AT) Collaborative, a group of national organizations that were funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to address AT issues and provide policy recommendations related to the employment of individuals with disabilities.

General Disability Reports

World Report on Disability (2011) (pdf)
The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. Chapter Eight focuses on Employment and Disability.

Publications by AT Act Programs

General Self-Help and Resource Information Regarding Accessible Document Preparation and Website Accessibility (2011) (pdf)
FAAST, Inc., through support from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, has completed research and development of a comprehensive 20-page technical assistance self-help resource guide entitled General Self-Help and Resource Information Regarding Accessible Document Preparation and Website Accessibility.

This guide was created to promote accessible, electronic and information technology accessibility to assist those working on document preparation in relation to website accessibility to help further compliance with accessibility requirements under the ADA, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and §282.601 - .606, Florida Statutes.

FAAST, Inc. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Site Survey Instrument - Building Accessibility Evaluation Survey (2011) (pdf)
This ADA site survey instrument is designed to assist ADA site survey teams in conducting self-evaluation surveys and engaging in collaborative efforts that are designed to facilitate practical enhancements to facilities thereby increasing compliance with the ADA.

FAAST-Employment Resources & Self Help Guide (2013) (pdf)
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc.(FAAST) employment self-help resource guide.

General Self-Help Resources: To Promote Effective Transition Planning with Students with Disabilities under IDEIA of 2004 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended (2012) (pdf)

FAAST, Inc., through support from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, has completed research and development of a comprehensive 14-page general self-help resource guide.  This guide helps to promote effective transition planning with students with disabilities under IDEIA of 2004 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

This resource guide is created to provide resource information to help foster cooperation among public school officials, parents, family members, caregivers, guardians, advocates or representatives, and other agencies or transition partners as they work together to accomplish effective transition planning for students with disabilities.

As there are many national and state resources designed to promote effective transition planning to receive necessary and required transition services this self-help resource guide provides comprehensive national and state resources that are user-friendly and hyperlinked for convenient reference. 

This guide provides hyperlinks to an array of informative websites, frequently asked questions (FAQs), factsheets, federal and state laws, regulations, and rules, and many other relevant and helpful effective transition planning resources.