For people with disabilities, technology has become an invaluable tool to help level the playing field in the workplace. From assistive technologies that can make
everyday tasks easier, to remote learning options that provide a path to career advancement, they can use technology to improve their career prospects in many
ways. This post explores how!
What is an assistive technology? WebsiteVoice defines assistive technologies as tools designed specifically for people with disabilities or impairments. Assistive technologies range from simple adaptations like colour-coated keyboards and magnifying glasses, to more complex pieces of software and hardware developed for specific tasks.
By leveraging these technologies, professionals can empower themselves with the necessary tools to perform various job duties efficiently and effectively. And with many free or low-cost assistive technologies available online that work on any device, they won’t have to purchase expensive new equipment just to get started.
Thanks to technological advancement, people with disabilities or impairments can still access educational opportunities from anywhere in the world. Many colleges and universities offer online courses and programs designed specifically for those with disabilities, allowing them to pursue a degree or certification without attending classes in person.
Whether they hope to climb the corporate ladder or start their own business, they can complete a business bachelor’s degree from home while managing all their other responsibilities. Many organizations and employers offer additional certifications and training courses online as well. Programs like these help professionals with disabilities to expand their knowledge base without having to leave home or take time off work.
Technology has also proven instrumental in helping people find jobs across the globe. Websites like LinkedIn have made it possible for job seekers with disabilities who may not be able to attend physical interviews or networking events to connect virtually with potential employers worldwide.
You can make LinkedIn work for you too by opting for the premium version so you can message people directly and see who’s been reading your profile page. And don’t forget to use a quality photo and to describe all of your skills and expertise.
Similarly, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can serve as excellent places for job seekers to find new opportunities or even just advice. They can connect
directly with employers and recruiters who can help them reach their goals faster than they ever thought possible. And, of course, Guru99 notes that online job boards function as the perfect resource for finding work as a freelancer.
Finally, thanks again largely to technological advancement, more home-based business opportunities exist than ever before. Opportunities like these can be ideal for
those with disabilities or impairments who wouldn’t have access to traditional job roles off-line.
Whether it’s through starting an e-commerce website or working as a virtual assistant, there’s no shortage of lucrative online business opportunities for professionals who need flexible employment options tailored specifically to their needs.
Some other options to consider:
● Freelance writing or blogging
● Graphic, design, and digital art services
● Tutoring or online teaching services
● Consulting and coaching services
● Social media marketing and management services
Professionals considering a home-based business may want to draft a business plan to help them consider all the legal implications of running a business from home and to raise revenue for their startup. Once they secure the necessary funding, they can market themselves by joining online networks, attending conferences, and building an engaging presence online and in person. With careful planning and dedication, they can create an enterprise that fits their needs and has the potential for long-term success.
Technology has opened a wealth of new opportunities for professionals living with disabilities or impairments to pursue successful careers from anywhere in the world, including at home. With so many assistive technologies available today, alongside remote learning and home-based business opportunities, leveraging technology gives professionals an edge when it comes to finding employment and more opportunity now and in the future.
Rebecca Block is a Grandville, Michigan-based web developer and co-founder of Able Rise, an organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world.