The Assistive Technology & Employment Toolkit
QWE Practice Guideline: 134 – Establish and sustain organizational commitment to assistive technology for employees with disabilities
Target group: Any organization employing and/or supporting individuals with disabilities
A selection of tools focused on increasing awareness of assistive technology (AT), and helping organizations select and acquire assistive technology.
Subject matter experts/trainers
- Staff or consultant with knowledge of and experience with assistive technology options
- Computer and internet access
- Telephone access
- Assistive technology will be based on the needs of employees
- Time for staff to learn about assistive technology, connect with community organizations, and connect employees with disabilities to assistive technology resources as appropriate
- Develop a funding strategy focused on
- What is needed and why
- Market cost of AT and related services
- Consider funding sources that align with AT
- Understand the purpose of the AT Toolkit and how it relates to the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (ATA)
- Understand who will benefit from using the toolkit and develop a list of your organization’s users, both internal and external
- Develop a list of local agencies and stakeholders that may want to use or benefit from your AT program
- Assess your current AT Program (consider the following questions, but don’t limit yourself to these)
- What do you already offer?
- What do you need, based on?
- Services you offer
- People you serve
- What is your current capacity?
- What options does your state offer? Local community?
- Is there an AT Program in your state?
- Define what AT will mean to your program, ensuring it meets the requirements of the ATA
- Define the AT services you will offer
- Based on your AT Program assessment and definitions, complete the following
- Consult with AT providers
- Complete formal assessment for those AT needs you currently have and will soon provide
- Order needed AT
- Schedule installation
- Provide training on the use of AT for employees using the AT and those supporting the employees
- Always include those who will be using the AT in the decision-making process to ensure their needs are met
- Additional information and resources can be found here.
- Policies and procedures for
- Connecting with local agencies and community resources
- Assessing and purchasing AT
- Implementing and using AT
- Policies and procedures for
- Staff training on how to assess for AT needs, find appropriate AT, implement AT, and use AT
- Staff training on supporting employees that use AT
- Increased job opportunities and upward mobility
- Increased access to AT and supports
- Increased morale
- Improved productivity
- Access to larger pipeline of employees
- Increased collaboration with local agencies and community resources
NPA: Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center Date Submitted: 2022 Website: https://aoddisabilityemploymenttacenter.com/
Resources: Quality Work Environment Workbook