Resources

Training

Interested in learning more about how to use Assistive Technology in the work place?  The following presentations provide information on Assistive Technology in the workplace and examples of effective Assistive Technology solutions for employment:

General Information on AT and Employment (PowerPoint Format)

Using Scan and Read Pro  (PowerPoint Format)

Using Zoom Text Magnifier/Reader (PowerPoint Format)

Training on ROI AT @ Work Modules developed by Pennsylvania's Employment Network  (DOC Format)

DEI Training: Access Series - AT and the One Stops - Part 1 (PowerPoint Format)
Training used to orient Department of Labor Disability Employment Initiative grantees about assistive technology and the services that AT Act Entities provide.

DEI Training: Access Series - AT and the One Stops - Part 2 (PowerPoint Format)
Training used to provide DEI Disability Resource Coordinators with strategies to use AT to help the one-stop centers integrate accessibility into the center services.

Webinar:  Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations
It is important that employers understand new technologies, accommodation strategies and best practices to assist and support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  AT Act Programs and ADA Regional Centers have valuable free services to assist employers and employees with job accommodations.  The RESNA Catalyst Project and the SW-ADA Center offer this webinar on how AT Act Programs and the ADA Network work to enhance the interactive accommodation process.

Links

US BLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program
The USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) offers businesses that are owned by an individual(s) with a disability, including service disabled veterans, an exciting opportunity to increase their access to potential contracting opportunities with major corporations, government agencies, and one another. Through the USBLN® DSDP, your business can obtain Disability-Owned Business Enterprise Certification and get connected to a nationwide network of corporate and government procurement professionals, disability advocates, and other certified disability-owned businesses.  Find out more:  go to:  http://www.usbln.org/..

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)  is a national business organization representing chapters in 32 states and more than 5000 employers using a "business to business" strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce. USBLN chapters provide an opportunity for employers to identify and share best practices on the employment of people with disabilities.  Visit their web site at http://www.usbln.org/

Disability.gov has a comprehensive web site of general disability information for employers. Topics include everything from assistive technology to federal and state resources, to assistance with recruitment and workplace accommodations.  To access this site, click on https://www.disability.gov/employment.

RESNA Catalyst Project Employment Hub
Resources on various employment topics. Go to http://www.resnaprojects.org/crossprograms/employment/index.html.

Think Beyond the Label’s Hire Gauge
The Hire Gauge calculates the financial and cultural benefits of hiring people with disability.  View at http://www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/Learning-Tools/HireGauge.aspx.

Abledbody.com is a news and media platform for the 54 million Americans and 20 million families touched by physical or mental disability, and those who engage with the disability community. It’s a place where consumers can read the latest disability-related happenings in technology, workplace, design and life/culture.  Find out more at:  http://abledbody.com.

Accessible Technology for All
Accessible Technology for All promotes full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology.  Go to http://accessibletech.org/.

ADA National Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Go to http://adata.org/.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC):  Accessibility Clearing House
This FCC website is designed to help people with disabilities keep up with the communications revolution.  There are good resources for mobile apps, service providers, hardware, software, fact sheets, directories of organizations, and resources.  Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/accessibilityclearinghouse/index.html.

Wisconsin’s Medicare Infrastructure Grant Funding for Workplace Objectives: Resources for Universal Design in the Community and Workplace.  To access this site: http://access-mainstreet.r2d2.uwm.edu/.

WorkSource Wisconsin
is a not-for-profit initiative with the goal of providing Wisconsin employers with accessible and complete information regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Through a comprehensive Web site, toll free phone line, and statewide training for employers, WorkSource Wisconsin seeks to provide Wisconsin employers with the resources necessary to recruit and retain employees with disabilities.  Find out more athttp://www.wimentalhealth.org/userimages/WorkSourceWI.pdf.

Connect-Ability:  Connecticut’s Premier e-Learning Website

Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. Their purpose is to bring employers and people with disabilities together.  www.connect-ability.com

The Tool Box:  Assistive Technology Database
The Toolbox  is a resource that contains Assistive Technology solutions for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. Go to: http://www.agrability.org/toolbox/

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations identifies, develops, and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace.  Go to: http://www.workrerc.org/

Access4Employment
Access4Employment provides consultation, training, and support to ensure access to the workplace for individuals with disabilities. Services include workstation adaptation/ modification and computer access; workplace assessment; assistive technology recommendation and training; accessibility testing and consultation for compliance, including websites, pdf's, software, databases, and company email. A4E works with employers, disability support personnel, administration, HR, vocational rehabilitation counselors, as well as individuals/ employees. 

To access this site, visit http://Access4Employment.com.

Success Stories

Hyatt:  View the YouTube clip below:
Imagine the Possibilities - Innovative Hiring Through Assistive Technology

Nebraska’s Assistive Technology Partnership Success Story
In 2006 Sy Doan, owner of Sy's Tailor Shop in Omaha, sustained a spinal cord injury. While struggling to manage pain and accept his paralysis, Sy's passion for sewing and his customers gave him the courage to contact Nebraska's Vocational Rehabilitation. Watch Sy's video to see how he was able to return to work, and the Assistive Technology he uses to independently perform the essential functions of his business.