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Article: Guide to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Table of Contents
  1. General Product Information
  2. Assistive Technology in Education
  3. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
  4. Computer Accessibility
  5. Funding Assistive Technology
  6. Tools for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  7. Tools for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  8. Mobility
  9. Speech and Language Tools

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that, within reason, an employer must provide assistive technology for any employee who needs it. A "reasonable" accommodation must be affordable. It must also be a practical solution and can not cause "undue hardship" for an employer. That means that the accommodation can not cause extreme difficulty or expense for the employer. The ADA Small Business Tax Credit or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Welfare To Work tax credits can help employers purchase assistive technology in the workplace.

Enforcement Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship under the Americans with Disabilities Act
This government site contains information about reasonable accommodations. It also provides examples of how employers can make reasonable accommodations.

Funding Assistive Technology and Accommodations
This site suggests different ways to pay for assistive technology. There is also information on the ADA Small Business Tax Credit and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Welfare To Work (WOTC & WTW) Tax Credits.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
The Department of Defense established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990. Its purpose is to improve accessibility for Department of Defense employees with disabilities. This is done by helping all federal agencies with the cost of making accommodations for their employees. is a website that lists assistive technology options for daily living, education, recreation, and the workplace. There is also information about technology tools, finding a job and possible careers in assistive technology.

Last Updated on 8/22/2017