Ways technology can help people with disabilities advance their careers.
By Patrick Young
For the differently-
However, remote learning scenarios can leave some students with disabilities behind:
Be sure to find online institutions that are accommodating to your needs, such as providing learning materials that are compatible with screen readers for the blind or for those with low vision.
Working from home
With many companies shifting to remote work this year, it opens up opportunities for differently-
There are plenty of different work-
If you’d rather have a consistent job where you can work from home, NPR notes you’ll have far more options to choose from these days, with most companies allowing remote work for the foreseeable future. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/22/870029658/get-
It’s a trend that will allow people with disabilities to pursue careers that were previously difficult to enter based on mobility issues and could open up new career paths for many.
Asssitive technologies have transformed how people with disabilities communicate and work from home. From screen readers to voice recognition software, there are tools available that make computers far more accessible than ever before.
For people who are blind or who have limited vision, screen readers make it possible to work on computers. Screen readers are software programs that can identify the text on your screen and read it aloud. For those with limited vision, screen magnifiers help make screen text larger for easier reading.
Another assistive technology is voice recognition softward, which is helpful for those who have mobility issues such as limb loss or limited hand-
For those who don’t have the ability to move a mouse or use a keyboard to work on a computer, there are devices designed to help provide assistance. One option is a head pointer, which is a stick or object mounted directly on a user’s head to allow them to push keys on a keyboard.
Motion tracking or eye tracking is another device that works well for those who cannot use their hands. This device watches a target, or the eyes of the user, to interpret where they want to place the mouse pointer.
While having a disability was once a major barrier to education and finding a job, things have changed: one silver lining of the pandemic is the collective acceptance—and encouragement—of working and learning from home. If you’re looking for work, you’ll be eligible for more positions than ever before, and you’ll likely have plenty of options as a freelancer as well. Be sure to look into assistive technology that can help you use a computer from home for work or school.