Technology and the Inclusive Workforce

As we bring National Disability Employment Awareness Month to a close, let’s take a moment to reflect on the role of technology in building an inclusive workforce. On the one hand, almost every job requires some interaction with technology, from using email or chat channels to communicate with superiors and coworkers, to robotic assembly lines. Even the coffee maker can require a programmer! In an inclusive workplace, everyone should be able to access and operate the technology needed to do their job. On the other hand, people with disabilities may require additional or assistive technology to get to work, get into their workspace, and perform their job functions. This could range from a screen reader for a computer in an office to a specialized piece of equipment on a farm.

If you are an office manager, an HR professional, a small business owner, an employee or a job seeker with a disability, check out these resources from the NIDILRR grantee community to help you make your workplace technology inclusive.

These resources from other agencies and organizations can also help:

  • The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, funded by the Department of Labor, helps employers, IT companies, developers, and others understand why it bays to build, buy, and implement accessible technology, and how to do so.
  • The National Agrability Project enhances the quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. Learn how technology helps them on the farm and in the field.

Curious about new research in this area? These projects are currently working on technology solutions for an inclusive workforce:

Dive deeper into the research by exploring abstracts from our collection with these targeted REHABDATA searches:

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