Technology: Bridging the Gap Between Disability and Employment

Technology: Bridging the Gap Between Disability and Employment

 The disability community has been advocating for years for employers to open up remote work opportunities. Thankfully, given today’s slim labor market and the pandemic’s push toward working from home, more and more employers have started to open their eyes and digital doors to a more diverse workforce.

While this would not have been possible just a generation ago, technology has stepped in. There are many ways that people with disabilities can utilize the power of the internet and assistive devices to secure and successfully execute the job of their dreams.

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Types Of Technology That Can Help

There are many different types of technology that people with disabilities can use and many others that employers can provide. A few examples of these include:

  • Digital files. Digital files, such as PDFs, allow a person with a disability access to information-sharing programs online. For instance, a person with a disability may use a PDF/PDF editor to create a resume that showcases their best professional attributes, such as their achievements and skills. This information is easy to change, upload, and share, and by sending a digital resume, employers can’t be unintentionally biased against a person with a disability.
  • Large monitors. Computer monitors have come a long way in the last 20 years. Today, they are mostly LCD screens that can be as small or as large as we need them. Large monitors are great for people with visual impairments, and these can be made even better by utilizing a screen reader or screen magnification program. All About Vision explains that most browsers these days even allow for quick and simple screen resizing.
  • Adjustable desks. For most knowledge-based jobs, a desk is a necessity. Fortunately, there are new iterations of this humble work surface that make it easier for people with physical limitations to sit and stand to do their jobs.

Job Hunting Tips

Showcase Yourself Online

Why you obviously have to have a resume, but you should take that one step further and have a professional LinkedIn page. LinkedIn is a great way to get found as it helps you connect and network with people who can help you establish and grow your career. Bite the bullet and pay for the premium version, which lets you see who’s viewed your profile and message everyone directly. Remember, your LinkedIn page is an extension of your digital resume, and you’ll need a professional photo.

Decide When You Will Disclose

As a person with a disability, you have the right not to disclose issues that won’t impede your performance at work. However, according to the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, you will have to talk to your employer if you require accommodations, such as remote work or special treatment. You’ll also want to keep in mind the ability to commute to the office; for staff who can't or don't drive, walkability is often key. While you do not have to have this conversation in the beginning, it may be best to disclose any potential future needs during the interview process.

When it comes time to find a new career, you don’t have to let your personal limitations limit your opportunities. Today’s technology (including simple things like PDFs), along with LinkedIn networking and adaptive furniture, and an open conversation with your employer, can go a long way toward continuing to improve employment options for people with disabilities.

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Patrick Young

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