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Recruitment Intervention Strategies

Assistive Technologies [2.2.2.I.d.i]

The term “assistive technology” applies to any tool or device that helps an individual with a disability be independent in their school, community, or workplace. Assistive technology can range from low-cost items available at the local hardware store to sophisticated tools, such as specialized computer equipment. Examples of assistive technologies include:
  • Trackball or a track ball mouse
  • Voice recognition software
  • Voice-activated cell phones
  • Personal computers’ built-in zoom feature 
  • A gel pad that supports wrists
  • Low-tech device called a “bird” to help hold a pencil
  • A lowered desk to reduce back pain
  • An elevated monitor
  • A ¼” mouth wand to type
  • Mouse keys that move the mouse via number keys
  • “Sticky keys” that allow a user to type commands using only one finger
A guide to reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities is available on the Cornell University website.

Additional Resources on Assistive Technologies

ABLEDATA provides objective information on its website about assistive technology products and the rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. ABLEDATA does not sell any products, but can help you locate companies that do.

The Department of Labor website provides extensive information on the workplace accommodation process.

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