Gartner, the worlds leading IT firm, recently released a report indicating that by 2015, almost 50 percent of all companies will have some fort of IT either in place or in development that will provide support for disabled employees. This prediction is based on a recent trend of government regulations and the desire to protect aging employees with various mobility issues.
So how can we get there in such a short period of time? Well, here’s a few bits of information to show you just how quickly the movement to help disabled employees is growing.
The Pentagon houses the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), which is consistently working on hew assistive technologies geared towards making the workplace more accommodating to those with disabilities. Once a relatively small program, CAP has expanded its reach, now working with nearly 70 federal organizations.
Most organizations believe it’s not enough to simply offer jobs to those with disabilities. Once hired, those individuals have issues accessing things like online application systems, e-learning platforms, time sheets and so on. A great deal of accessible solutions that are being created deal with not just large breakthrough ideas, but some of the more basic everyday needs such as these.
While there are organizations like CAP constantly trying to make advances, it really all comes down to employer response. It is the employer’s responsibility to not only recruit employees with disabilities, but also to keep them comfortable. This can start with one of several steps, including but not limited to:
• Partnering with disability-related organizations.
• Post job-listings on disability-related websites and publications
• Provide literature or representatives at disability-related job fairs. With such advancements on the horizon, it becomes a bit easier to reasonably see these changes taking place within a year or so.
What are some ways you have seen technology and IT making advances for those with disabilities?