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As a person with a physical disability, there are a myriad of things that I need to think about and plan for in my daily life. This includes my personal life, my mobility, my education, and even my career. I may need to adjust the way I complete tasks, get to a destination, complete my schoolwork, or navigate my place of employment. Any workplace that I am hired at will have to accommodate me to their best of their ability--enter Assistive Technology (AT) which can be integrated into a place of work so the employee can better adapt to their environment.
There are several types of AT that you can utilize while you’re at work, so this list by no means is going to highlight all of them. For starters, you’ll need to identify to your employer that you’ll require them to provide reasonable accommodations in order for you to be the most successful you can be at your job. These accommodations can include many different types of AT. You may experience strain and discomfort in your arms, hands, back, and shoulders while using your keyboard, so requesting an ergonomic keyboard will bring you more comfort. If you are blind or low vision, you can use a screen reader which verbalizes what is on your screen, describing it to you. Similarly, there are screen magnifiers which enlarge the text on y
our screen to make it more accessible to read. For those that may have limited use of their limbs, there’s voice recognition software that allows the user to speak commands in order to operate their computer. If your job requires you to conduct a lot of business on the phone, you can use a microphone headset to allow your hands to be free and your neck and back to be in an upright, unstrained position.
Only you can know what type of AT will be best for you to use at your job, and it’s up to you to discuss options with your employer and make that happen. If you’d like to learn more about using Assistive Technology in the workplace, feel free to check out this really informative article I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you all have a bright and cozy month. See you in March!