Thursday, October 7, 2010

AT & Disability Employment Awareness Month

Written by LaCandice McCray, CFILC's Outreach & Training Advocate

The AT Network salutes October as Disability Employment Awareness Month! And speaking of employment, guess what many people with disabilities use in the workplace? That’s right. Assistive Technology. 

This year’s theme of Disability Employment Awareness Month is “Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity Includes People with Disabilities.” In addition to the growing diversity in the workplace, the use of assistive technology is also increasing. Many people with disabilities use AT to adapt to their work environment or to improve their job performance. Some examples of AT used at work include: adaptive keyboards and mice, BrailleNotes, video relay equipment and services, and variety of computer software.

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the AT Network will be participating in these upcoming events:
6th Annual Bone and Joint Expo, October 16, 2010, Napa, CA
·       RespectABILITY Conference, October 22, 2010, Los Angeles, CA
·       Inland Empire Disability Resources Expo, October 23, 2010, Riverside, CA
·       5th Annual Northern California Tech Expo, October 23, 2010, Santa Rosa, CA
·       Living Healthy with a Disability Resource Fair, October 29, 2010, Sacramento, CA

What are other examples of AT used in the workplace? How are you observing Disability Employment Awareness Month?

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