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Any job can be carried out efficiently, if you have the right skills and aptitude. But, another important aspect of it, especially if you are a person with disability, is to find ways to overcome the limitations posed by your disability to carry out the job. There are various tech aids that help you improve your functional capabilities. There are alternative methods to do the same job. This section focuses on providing information about workplace solutions and finding those that you can use.
Understand the functional limitations posed by your disability with respect to the job. Each job has multiple aspects: working on the computer, talking on the phone, taking down notes in the meetings, going to different company locations, etc. Identify the aspect that is specifically challenging because of your disability.
One Size Does Not Fit All:
Understand that each individual is different and so are their needs. Solutions that work for one person may not necessarily work for another person with the same disability.
Assistive Tech Aids:
Look for technologies and assistive aids that help you and learn to use it effectively.
If you are a hearing impaired person who does not know sign language and need somebody to train you on the process you will be working on. Ask for one-on-one training, if possible. Ask your trainer to use dictation software such as Dragon naturally speaking while speaking with you. The trainer will have to practice using the software and will have to speak slowly and effectively into a good microphone to train you effectively.
If you are a late blind person who does not know Braille and do not know how to take notes effectively in a meeting, you can use a recorder or walkman. Learn to use the recorder well : rather than recording the whole meeting, you could keep the recorder on pause, listen to what is being said, un-pause the recorder, and speak the gist of the conversation in a low voice quickly, and again pause the recorder. This will help you to be efficient when you want to read (or hear) your notes later!
Simple Low Tech Solutions:
Workplace solutions need not be hi-tech all the time. Think of simple solutions!
Effective Usage of Workplace Solutions:
We now know how useful these assistive devices aids are. The key is its effective usage!
A visually impaired employee creates and reads this excel sheet with the help of screen reader. Everything seems fine.
But it is not readable in the sighted world!
With the effective usage of Assistive Technology - using the mouse pointer (JAWS cursor), the visually impaired employee is able to "see" what the sighted world sees.
Discipline to Errorproof:
You have the right workplace solution. The next thing you need is to error-proof it. It does take a lot of discipline to make sure the process is error-free.
Arun’s determination to work has opened up opportunities for him despite having Cerebral Palsy. Read Arun's story
Watch a video that shows how a visually impaired person works on the computer using JAWS screen reader
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