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Title: Session Code: WVR-001 Past, Present Future: Updating your Accommodation Toolbox


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Session Code WVR-001 Past, Present
Future Updating your Accommodation Toolbox
  • Teresa Goddard, Goddard_at_jan.wvu.edu
  • Lisa Mathess, Mathess_at_jan.wvu.edu
  • Thursday, Jan 29 from 800 AM-900 AM

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Learning Objectives
  • List three of AT based solutions to reasonable
    accommodation scenarios based on real-life
    accommodation examples involving individuals
    working in various work settings.
  • Identify three examples of AT products that are
    no longer commercially available.
  • Identify three examples of currently available
    assistive technology products that could be used
    instead of products that are no longer
    commercially available.
  • Identify three means of applying examples of
    emerging technology to reasonable accommodation
    scenarios.

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  • Objectives
  • JAN Overview
  • Situations and Solutions
  • Current Trends
  • Future Developments
  • Questions

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  • Over 30 Years of Service
  • Consultation on
  • Job Accommodation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act / Rehabilitation
    Act
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experienced
  • Free
  • National
  • Easy to Use
  • Confidential

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  • Ask JAN and we
  • Meet you where you are.
  • Help meet timelines.
  • Assist with the interactive process.
  • Give targeted technical assistance.
  • Provide comprehensive resources.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

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Situations Solutions
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  • Example
  • A state government employee was having difficulty
    using the telephone due to hearing impairment.

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  • Past Accommodation
  • A JAN Consultant discussed a number of telephone
    amplification options including telephone
    silhouettes from HATIS, which were designed for
    use with t-coil enables hearing aids.

9
  • Newer Approach
  • In recent years HATIS products have been
    discontinued and Bluetooth streaming devices have
    increased in popularity. T-coil compatible
    headsets continue to be offered by other
    manufacturers.

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  • Example
  • A customer service representative with tremors
    stemming from Huntingtons disease was having
    trouble using his keyboard for data entry.

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  • Past Accommodation
  • The employer provided a large-button keyboard
    along with an Action Arm. The employee could then
    use a stylus to type on the keyboard while
    holding his arm stable.
  • The Action Arm cost 149.

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Newer Approach The Thomas Steady Arm
  • Keyboarding
  • Writing
  • Eating
  • 499.99

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  • Example
  • A junior high teacher with multiple sclerosis was
    preparing to return to work after a year of
    medical leave. She had difficulty standing due to
    lower extremity weakness so could not write on
    the chalkboard as much as needed.

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  • Past Accommodation
  • Her employer purchased an LCD Pen Tablet with a
    projector for 8500, which allowed the teacher to
    sit and write on the pen tablet and project what
    she wrote on the chalkboard.
  • Newer Approach
  • Employer could purchase a smart board and iPad.

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  • Example
  • An employee with diabetes needs to record
    information on food and medication intake and
    blood glucose readings to help better manage the
    condition.

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  • Past Accommodation
  • Pen-and-paper diabetes logbook
  • Newer Approach
  • Apps to track medication/diet/exercise
  • Track 3 Diabetes Planner 2.99, Google Play
  • Glucose Buddy 0/some in-app costs, iOS/Google
    play
  • Wearable fitness tracking devices such as Fitbit

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  • Example
  • A surgeon with Attention Deficit Disorder was
    having difficulty getting to the operating suite
    on time.

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  • Past Accommodation
  • A Timex Datalink Watch was programmed with
    reminders of his surgery times and other
    appointments.
  • Newer Approach
  • Alerts delivered through smartphones and smart
    watches.

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Gone But Not Forgotten
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Accommodation Trends
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Mobile device policies
  • Mobile devices such as tablets, cellular phones,
    smartphones, smartwatches and other wearable
    devices can be valuable productivity tools when
    used appropriately. They can also help employees
    maintain work/life balance, use concentration and
    relaxation techniques, manage health conditions,
    and keep in touch with those who support them
    without tying up office equipment and phone
    lines.
  • However, devices can also serve as a distraction,
    or worse pose a risk to data. As a result many
    employers are developing and updating policies on
    use of personal devices and governing what types
    of devices and apps can be purchased for
    employees.

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  • ADA implications for mobile device policies
  • Policies must be applied in a nondiscriminatory
    way
  • Employers may need to consider policy
    modification as an accommodation
  • Ways to employ mobile devices as workplace
    accommodations
  • Using an accessibility feature to make a mobile
    device accessible
  • Using an app or accessory as all or part of an
    accommodation
  • Using a mobile device as an accommodation

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Accommodation Example
  • An HR professional from a school district, was
    responding to a request by an individual who
    wanted to use a video phone and Video Relay
    Service (VRS) to make and receive calls. They
    had been using a TTY, but it was no longer
    working. A consultation with IT personnel
    revealed that it was not possible to install the
    type of high-speed Internet connection needed to
    use a video phone at the employee's workstation.
  • A JAN consultant suggested exploring whether the
    employees needs could be met using a video relay
    app and a tablet with a front-facing camera. The
    consultant also discussed that a data plan or
    other wireless access would be needed, and that
    appropriate use may need to be discussed.

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BYOD
  • BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. This is a
    type of IT-related policy allowing employees to
    bring their own privately purchased phones,
    laptops, tablets and other devices such as
    wearable technology to work and using these to
    access networks, information and applications
    that are owned or otherwise controlled by the
    employer. This allows employees to do
    work-related activities on their own devices.
  • Variations on this type of policy are sometimes
    called, Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP), Bring Your
    Own Technology (BYOT) and Bring Your Own PC
    (BYOPC).

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  • ADA implications for bring your own device
    programs
  • Reimbursement issues may limit participation.
  • Policies must be applied in a nondiscriminatory
    way.
  • Employers may need to consider policy
    modification as an accommodation.
  • Some policies require that employees be willing
    to surrender their device in the event of an
    investigation.
  • Potential privacy issues
  • Individuals who use their device for management
    of medical conditions may be temporarily without
    a way to do that.
  • Individuals who use their device as a primary
    means of communication may be temporarily without
    a way to communicate at work and at home.

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Accommodation Example
  • A newly hired social worker was successfully
    using an iPhone that met her accessibility needs
    in her day-to-day life. However, the employer
    wanted her to use a company-issued BlackBerry for
    work-related tasks.
  • The employee wanted the employer to issue an
    iPhone instead of a BlackBerry, or modify their
    policy to allow her to use her personal iPhone
    for work.
  • After contacting JAN, the employer learned about
    accessibility options for BlackBerry phones
    including a screen reader, and what models were
    compatible with the BlackBerry Screen Reader.

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Bluetooth Streaming Devices
  • Pairs with mobile phones and other sound sources
  • Sends sound into hearing aids for amplification
  • May be designed for use with one type or many
    types of hearing aids

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New and Emerging
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Tecla Shield
  • Wirelessly controls tablet/phone by using
    wheelchair controls or a standard switch
  • Open source DIY option
  • Commercially available

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  • Software to Enhance Accessibility
  • Discover 508 for SharePoint
  • Creates alternative views of SharePoint pages for
    AT users
  • Mobile and online versions available
  • Equidox
  • Automated PDF conversion tool
  • Simplifies conversion and publishing of
    accessible PDFs

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Fin by Fin Robotics Inc
  • Wireless controller
  • Gesture
  • Controls head mounts
  • 59 for blind individuals
  • 105-169

http//www.finrobotics.com/
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Ring by Logbar Inc.
  • Control paired devices
  • Gestures
  • Vibrate and LED alerts
  • 269.99

http//www.beadinggem.com/2014/03/one-ring-to-rule
-them-all.html/
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  • Cuff Smart Jewelry
  • Pairs with a smartphone
  • Fitness tracking
  • Personal safety features
  • Multiple styles
  • Vibrates to indicate call or notification
  • 29 and up

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  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Provides contactless communication between NFC
    tag and enabled devices
  • Can be used for
  • Sharing information/files
  • Electronic identity documents
  • Smart device automation
  • Connecting to networks
  • Payment

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In Development
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Orbital Ring Bluetooth (ORB) by Hybra Advance
Technologies
  • Bluetooth headset
  • Voice-to-text
  • Scrolling text caller ID
  • Text messages
  • Meeting reminders
  • 129-175

http//www.digitalgalleryindia.com/blog/2013/01/09
/
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Nod by Nod, Inc
  • Controls devices remotely
  • Change presentation slides
  • Type notes
  • Environmental Control Units
  • 149, Early 2015

https//hellonod.com/
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Amazon Echo
  • Speech-controlled speaker system
  • Voice recognition - further distances
  • Timers, news, information
  • Invitation only
  • 199, 99 Prime members

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  • Future Approach
  • Clothes that monitor transmit biomedical info

 Stepan Gorgutsa, Université Laval
http//www.futuretimeline.net/blog/computers-inter
net-blog.htm.VLbSBivF_To
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  • JAN Consultants can be reached M-F 9am-6pm ET
  • Phone - (800) 526-7234 (voice) (877) 781-9403
    (TTY)
  • Email - jan_at_AskJAN.org
  • Skype - Janconsultants
  • Text - (304) 216-8189
  • Chat available online at http//AskJAN.org

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Questions? AskJAN.org
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