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Adapting the Workplace for Physical Disabilities

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A person in a wheelchair uses an assistive technology device

Many apparent and non-apparent disabilities can impact mobility. Disabilities like loss of limb, paralysis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and many more can affect mobility and make it difficult to use some technologies in the workplace. However, as the tip sheet from AccessATE and DeafTEC discusses, this does not mean that people with these disabilities cannot do the same work at the same quality as employees without disabilities. Like all employees, those with physical disabilities just need the right tools – let’s dive deeper into some specific accommodations that enable operation of technology!

Tip Sheet: Workplace Accommodations for Physical Disabilities

Some of the simplest options for accommodating employees with physical disabilities are related to keyboards and computer mice. A very common iteration of this is keyboard-only navigation, which is a straightforward alternative for those whose disability makes it difficult to use a mouse. Keyboard-only navigation is compatible with any standard keyboard, and is more about the accessibility of the software than the hardware, so it’s always wise to ensure that your company’s software is keyboard-navigation compatible! ...

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Tools

Screenshot for Creating Accessible Presentations: Before, During, and After
This tip sheet, provided by the WGBH Educational Foundation, includes guidance on creating accessible presentations. Tips are given for before, during, and after the presentation. The following are a few examples of the included tips: Arrange for live captions. Use good color contrast and large fonts in designing the slides, Speak...
Screenshot for Advocating for Students
This tip sheet, provided by DeafTEC at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is from the ACE It! series on acing conversations with potential employers by knowing how to advocate for students, inform the employer how to effectively communicate with employees with disabilities, and educate the employer about workplace accommodations. This tip sheet...
Screenshot for Educate the Employer
This tip sheet, provided by DeafTEC at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is from the ACE It! series on acing conversations with potential employers by knowing how to advocate for students, inform the employer how to effectively communicate with employees with disabilities, and educate the employer about workplace accommodations. This tip sheet...
Screenshot for Communicate with Employees
This tip sheet, provided by DeafTEC at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is from the ACE It! series on acing conversations with potential employers by knowing how to advocate for students, inform the employer how to effectively communicate with employees with disabilities, and educate the employer about workplace accommodations. This tip sheet...
Screenshot for Heroes Linked
Heroes Linked is a free program that connects advisees (those serving, Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star families) with a national network of volunteer Advisors – many of whom are Veterans. These Advisors are professionals and are experienced in their respective industries. Through this program, advisees can request and schedule meetings with...

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