Assistive Technology Works!
Did you know that some of the most innovative and successful people in history had disabilities? Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, Harriet Tubman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Walt Disney are just a few examples of dynamic and innovative individuals whose contributions have made differences in our day-to-day lives. It is impossible to imagine where mankind might be today if it weren't for the efforts of these and other extraordinary people who also happened to have a disability.
Approximately one of every 5 Americans has some sort of disability. People with disabilities work in every profession in ways that you might never have imagined. The fact is, when given the proper tools and opportunity, people with disabilities can be some of the most hard working and dedicated employees. They can be assets to any workplace.
A job accommodation is a reasonable adjustment to a job or work environment that makes it possible for an individual with a disability to perform job duties. Most accommodations are inexpensive. According to Courage Center, 20% of job accommodations are free and 51% cost between $1 and $500. Assistive Technology (AT) is often the key to bridging the gap for employees with disabilities.
- Review the live STAR Point panel discussion with experts on Work Incentives for people with disabilities.
- Incorporating AT into Employment.
- Information for Employees.
- Information for Employers.
- Online Directory of Funding Resources for AT in Minnesota.
- Public Service Announcements.
- Employment-related Federal, State and Non-profit programs for people with disabilities.
- Minnesota's Telework Loan Program.
- Federal and State Legislation.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
Produced by the STAR Program through a Pathways to Employment grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.