For individuals without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For individuals with disabilities, technology makes many aspects of life, including work, possible. Assistive technology can be as simple as larger buttons, telephone headsets, or enlarged key pads and computer monitors. It can also represent the latest in today's cutting-edge technology, such as voice-activated computers, visually-controlled communication devices, or electric scooters and power wheelchairs that can navigate stairs.
Working across its policy teams, ODEP is in the process of developing an assistive technology policy agenda as a critical step in expanding employment supports for individuals with disabilities. In this process, we are addressing the needs for assistive technology through both a worker and an employer perspective. Our goal is to ensure that assistive technology issues are integrated into our employment policy efforts.
- Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs)
Provides links to a host of assistive technology resources, including Assistive Technology Centers.
- The Alliance for Technology Access
Provides links to local providers and advocacy associations targeting all ages.