Technology is a particularly important enabler for many people. Technology can be directly accessible when it can be used without the need for additional assistive technology, such as a smart phone with a built-in screen reader or text magnifier (e.g. Immersive Reader and Read Aloud functions in Microsoft Word). However, some people with disabilities (and also some people without disability) use assistive technology and tools to access workplace information systems.
Some examples of assistive technology include:
- screen readers
- screen enlargement applications
- voice recognition and transcription programs
- closed captioning
- keyboard and mouse alternatives and adaptions.
An employee with disability may request assistive technology as part of a workplace adjustment to help them work productively and perform their role to the best of their ability.