Technology Solutions for Employment

Creating accessibility through technology can take on many forms. From low tech solutions and smartphone apps to specialized equipment or an engineered design, technology solutions reduce disability related barriers and promote access at work and in the community.

Colorado Profile: From speech devices, to tablets and smartphones, Mikelle Learned has been a user of technology throughout her life.

Low and Mainstream Technology

The Job Accommodation Network features solutions by disability-type, including technology solutions. Think smartphones, tablets and virtual assistant artificial intelligence.

Rehabilitation Engineering

Rehabilitation engineering involves the design and build of more complex equipment, systems, or processes for individuals with disabilities.

Assistive Technology Device (AT)

An AT device is an item, piece of equipment, or product system and may be purchased commercially, modified, or customized.

Assistive Technology Resources

The Assistive Technology Clinic at the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver provides a full array of AT services.

Selecting Assistive Technology

Smart selection of assistive technology typically involves a series of steps, often with an AT specialist:

  1. Defining the need
  2. Evaluation
  3. Recommendations and review of AT solution options
  4. Trials of AT solution options
  5. Selecting the AT solution that meets the need
  6. AT Training as needed

Statewide Assistive Technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (SWAAAC)

The Colorado Department of Education’s school-based SWAAAC teams provide multidisciplinary AT services to provide students with disabilities equal access to the curriculum and full participation in their education and classroom. There are over 60 participating school districts and 500 SWAAAC team members across the state of Colorado.

Advancements in Technology Solutions and Technology First

Through public policy, outreach, research, and conferences, the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities is a leader in the advancement of technologies for people with disabilities in Colorado. The institute is leading early efforts for Colorado to fully embrace and expand access to technology for people with disabilities by becoming a Technology First state.

The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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