People with Disabilities can use technology to boost their career prospects

In today’s digital world, there are several ways People with Disabilities can use technology to improve their career prospects. They can leverage these options to make their dream job a reality. People with Disabilities can use technology to boost their career prospects.

Remote Learning for Educational Advancement
Online learning platforms can provide the quality of education as is the case with an in-person degree but with a fraction of the time commitment. An online degree in Information Technology teaches the skills necessary for building, managing, and protecting all things digital. One will learn how to integrate and use software programs and work in networks or remotely from other countries. One can finish classes at one’s own pace anywhere with an internet connection. One could also learn marketing or interior design — the possibilities are endless.

Finding Employment
When one is looking for a job, using resources like LinkedIn to search for leads in a selected field and familiarise with business is a start. Some organizations help People with Disabilities find employment by providing job training, career counselling, and other support services.

Organizations aim to make sure everyone has a chance at reaching full potential in life, regardless of the challenges faced. If you have a disability and are seeking work, you might be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services. Virtual Reality (VR) can help connect with resources, including job training programs, job coaches, equipment loan programs, and on-the-job support, to help boost career prospects. VR also provides accommodations through tools such as specialized technology or alternative communication strategies to help disabled people work more efficiently.

Assistive Technologies

If one needs technology for work, assistive technologies can help improve productivity. From smartphone apps to tools that help you navigate web pages, these apps can make a difference in how you interact with your computer. If you have trouble seeing small text on your screen or reading documents, apps like Magnifier enlarge images on-screen. You can also use specialized keyboards from AbleNet or voice dictation programs, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, to increase productivity at work or school.

Home-Based Business Opportunities
Many people start a business at home. Working from home is less expensive than renting office space – and you can set your hours. It is great for people who have other obligations. Remote work offers more flexibility. Freelancers often have the opportunity to set schedules based on when they are most productive, especially if the work is online. If one is in charge of remote staff, effective communication is crucial to a company’s success.

Use services such as Slack to create team-wide and project-specific channels and a news feed of the most critical information that everyone needs to know to ensure the team interacts successfully.

Reaching New Heights
With home-based business opportunities, remote learning and assistive technologies, several ways are available for People with Disabilities to use technology to reach new heights.

The writer, Patrick Young, is an educator and activist who created the Able USA to offer helpful resources to People with Disabilities and provide advice on navigating various aspects of life as a Person with Disabilities.,142096