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Module 5 Use Technology

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Technology may be a key to your successful employment

The Use A.T. module is your opportunity to consider how assistive technology may help you in employment. Assistive technology (A.T.) is specialized equipment that enables people who have a disability, or who are experiencing difficulty using standard equipment, to continue to improve their functioning capabilities. Through the use of this assistive technology, many people can be successful in their employment goals. Assistive technology in the workplace can range from a simple pointing device to a sophisticated screen reading program. You may already be using A.T. in college, and if so, it is important to think about whether or not you need that A.T. as a reasonable accommodation for future employment. Even if you have never used A.T., you may want to learn more about it, as it could be beneficial to your future success.

Module  Learning Objectives

  1. You will complete a self-analysis of your skills and knowledge regarding Assistive Technology.
  2. You will learn about the different types of Assistive Technology available and be able to identify appropriate Assistive Technology for your potential work environment.
  3. You will explore funding resources for Assistive Technology and be able to describe steps need get AT funded in employment settings.


  • Erika Kluge is founder and director of Think with Success and an expert in the field of Assistive Technology.

  • A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. STAR's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. This video is part of the STAR course on Assistive Technology.

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