Choosing Assistive Technology for the Workplace
Determining what assistive technology (AT) to request at the workplace can be challenging. You'll want to have a list of resources handy and employ useful decision-making strategies in order to find a successful fit. Consider this four-step process when choosing the right AT for the job:
Make a list of your symptoms and functional limitations. (A functional limitation involves difficulty in performing one or more specific activities, such as difficulty viewing the computer screen.) Think about how your symptoms might change over time. Be clear about what job tasks are difficult to perform.
Choose the AT. Make an informed decision based on the information gathered. Let your employer know what your selection or selections are. Be sure to explore whether there is technical assistance available and what sort of support the company offers to you and your employer.
Make sure you are properly trained and feel comfortable using the device once it arrives.
Monitor the device to make sure that you are using it properly, it is working as described, and it has fulfilled your expectations.
State vocational rehabilitation agencies are a great resource for information about assistive technology. They can evaluate and assess your situation and sometimes provide financial assistance to companies for accommodations. State Assistive Technology Act programs can provide technical assistance, consultation, product demonstrations, and equipment borrowing. For a list of state AT projects, and the number of the agency in your state, visit