John Williams' Column: Employers Seek AT Information for Employing People With DisabilitiesBy Williams, John M.; National Organization on Disability E-Newsletter,
Publication Date: September 25, 2006
Article in which the author discusses his experiences as a consultant for companies who are hiring people with disabilities. The author contends that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the most challenging term for his clients is “reasonable accommodations”, which the author explains are the same as the accommodations that a company would purchase to allow a person without a disability to carry out his or her workplace responsibilities. Most callers have traditionally lacked a detailed description of terms such as “legally blind,” “articulation,” “augmentative communication,” “alternative keyboards,” “text-to-speech,” “cognitive disability,” and “section 508,” though most were more than willing to learn about the terms and the different types of products that can be purchased to facilitate employment for people with disabilities. The author contends that as more people with disabilities are employed in the information technology field, more employers take notice of the many benefits that assistive technology can provide.
Published by: National Organization on Disability (Website:http://www.nod.org)
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