The International Day of Persons with Disabilities seeks to empower the rights of persons with disabilities. Today we analyze the contributions of tech in opening up opportunities for people with disabilities in the workplace.
Technology has presented us with the power to transform the way we live and work, particularly providing life-changing opportunities for disabled people. Here are some tech tools that are opening up opportunities for disabled people at the workplace:
Ava – Technology for the Hearing Impaired.
Ava is a program for use on smartphones or tablets that transcribes what’s being spoken in one-to-one or group conversations. Microphones on mobile devices pick up voices, and the Ava software converts those words into text and presents them on a listener’s phone or tablet display.
Present Pal – app that helps people with dyslexia give presentations
Created by a student with dyslexia, Present Pal is a presentation software designed to help people with dyslexia give presentations. Users can also personalise Present Pal to suit their individual needs by choosing from scientifically proven colour overlays and accessible fonts to reduce visual stress whilst presenting.
Live captions and subtitles in PowerPoint and Skype
Using AI, Microsoft launched live captions and subtitles in Skype in December and introduced those features to PowerPoint in early 2019, making workplace meetings, conversations and presentations more accessible to deaf people and those who are hard of hearing.
Assistive technology helps unlock human potential and is opening up opportunities for disabled people in the workplace.
There are now more disabled people in work than not in work – and top new assistive technology developments will help make the workplace even more accessible in 2020.
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