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Friday, February 12, 2010 by Slaughter Development

If there’s no one in your personal life who experiences a form of disability, you may not be aware of the incredible array of resources available to help people work more effectively. But “assistive technology” can help almost anyone, not just the disabled.

Recently, Slaughter Development toured the offices of the Easter Seals Crossroads and in particular the grant-supported Assistive Technology lab. This organization provides equipment, training, services and more for disabled individuals.

The gadgets in their facility are obscure and impressive. There are digital magnifiers, text-to-speech devices and oversized keyboards. Thanks to the generous funding sources that support Easter Seals, anyone in need can typically borrow some of this technology for a 30-day trial period.

It’s tempting just to nod appreciatively at groups like Easter Seals and thank them for their service to a small portion of the population. But this kind of sentiment is a disservice—not only to those who are disabled as well as the assistive technology community, but also to our broader relationship with work. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. Consider the following:

  • Even if you have “good” vision, your productivity will increase with a larger screen
  • Even if you have “excellent” hearing, well-designed audio cues can help you work more efficiently
  • Even if you have “strong” typing skills, a break to use speech recognition software will often be helpful

Whoever invented the term “assistive technology” should be applauded. We all use technology and can all benefit from some kind of assistance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Learn more about using tools you already have through a program like Slaughter Development’s Service Integration offering. Learn more by contacting us today!

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