For people who are vision impaired, adaptive and supportive technology can often be used to provide effective access to electronic information.  Such technology may consist of computer screen magnification and screenreader software, text to speech scanning systems for print reading, talking personal organizers and mobile phones, braille displays and embossers and a whole host of other technology.

By looking at the work situation and the abilities of the individual client in the context of disability, it is possible to assess the technology which will most effectively address the client’s disability needs.  This also has to be done in the context of the technology and systems in place within the client’s workplace.  Careful consideration needs to be given to how the introduction of adaptive and supportive technology will impact on the employer’s systems and the workplace in general.

Particularly in the case of clients running their own businesses, there can often be problems in separating disability related technology needs from business needs.  In these cases it is important to be able to understand the nature of the business and how such a business would be conducted by a person who was not disabled;  clearly, AtW can support only the additional, disability related needs.

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