A technical assessment is used to assess what a persons' technical needs are in the work place in order to bridge the gap between their difficulties and their job. A specialist I.T. assessor will visit the work place and recommend a combination of equipment and specialist I.T. training.
This assessment is concluded with a realistic action plan detailing how the employer can best make 'reasonable adjustment' (as required by the Disability Discrimination Act) thus allowing the employee to reach their potential and ultimately benefiting the employer.
For people who are vision impaired, adaptive and supportive technology can often be used to provide effective access to electronic information. Such technology may consist of computer screen magnification and screen reader software, text to speech scanning systems for print reading, talking personal organizers and mobile phones, braille displays and embossers and a whole host of other technology.
By looking at the work situation and the abilities of the individual client in the context of disability, it is possible to assess the technology which will most effectively address the client’s disability needs. This also has to be done in the context of the technology and systems in place within the client’s workplace. Careful consideration needs to be given to how the introduction of adaptive and supportive technology will impact on the employer’s systems and the workplace in general.
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