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									Assistive Technology Solutions and Strategies
          for Successful Employment

                 June 6, 2011

                           David Baker & Stacy Brady
                            & Eileen Belton (in spirit)
                         - Missouri Assistive Technology
           Learner Outcomes
• Define assistive technology
• Understand the legal requirements in the
• Be familiar with a process for AT assessment
• Have an understanding of the various categories
  of assistive technology
• Know what resources you can access in the
              Assistive Technology
                   What Is It?
Formal Definition:
        Any item, piece of equipment, or system, whether
        acquired commercially, modified, or customized. that is
        commonly used to increase, maintain, or improve functional
        capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Working Definition:
        A system of no tech, low tech, and high tech tools,
        strategies, and services that match a person's needs,
        abilities, and tasks
   Why Use Assistive Technology?
… to accomplish tasks that would be difficult or
 impossible to accomplish without assistance
 where the tasks need to be done
 in the available time with the available resources

    ABILITIES                        GOALS
What Guides AT In the Workplace?
 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
 Section 508 of the Rehab Act

 Employer obligations
 Individual obligations
Assessing Assistive Technology Needs Of
      Employees With Disabilities
Step 1 - Define the Situation/Problem
    What are the functional limitations?
    What is the extent and type of impairment?
    What job tasks are difficult to perform as a
       result of the impairment?
Step 2 – Explore Available AT Options
    Consult with the individual
    Contact Missouri Assistive Technology
    Conduct on-line research
Assessing Assistive Technology Needs Of
Employees With Disabilities
 Step 3 – Choose Assistive Technology
   Is there a place I can borrow the equipment?
   Is there a technical support available?
   Is there training available?
   Is the technology compatible with other
      technology used?
   How will the AT be funded?
Assessing Assistive Technology Needs Of
Employees With Disabilities
 Step 4 – Implement AT
    Purchase the product
    Provide appropriate training
    Ensure the individual is successful using AT
 Step 5 – Monitor and Upgrade AT
      If training was provided, was it effective?
      Is the AT being used properly?
      Is the AT being maintained?
      Should other accommodations be considered?
Typical Assistive Technology
Accommodations In the
Hearing Loss or Deafness
Mobility Impairments
Blindness or Low Vision
Cognitive and Developmental
Learning Disabilities or Attention
        Deficit Disorders
  Assistive Technology Resources
          MOAT Programs
Show-Me Loans Program   Missouri Assistive Technology
ETC Program                 1501 N.W. Jefferson
TAP-T Program             Blue Springs, MO 64015
TAP-I Program
Demonstration Centers
Device Recycling &   
 Exchange Programs
AT Consultations
WorkAbility Loan
 • This loan may be approved for a Missouri resident with a
   disability who needs the equipment to maintain or obtain

 • The loan fund is to be used to either:
   ▫ (a) increase income through contracted working at home,
   ▫ (b) home based self-employment,
   ▫ (c) to work for another with the use of Assistive Technology.
Types of Applicants
    Working for an Employer.
       A man in Kansas City needs new hearing aids to maintain his position to
        hear customers on the phone and to hear training instructions.

    Working for Others out of their home office.
       A telecommuter has the option to work for a virtual call center from their
        home. To do this she will need a computer and quality phone headset with
        a mute feature.

    Self employment venture.
       An individual wants to be self employed as a dog walker for the community
        and will need business equipment to develop a home based office.
Assistive Technology Resources
Federal Small Business Disabled         Federal Barrier Removal Tax
  Access Credit                           Deduction
                                          ▫ For any sized business
  ▫ $1 million or less or 30 or fewer     ▫ Deduct up to $15,000 per year to
    full-time employees                     make a facility or a vehicle more
  ▫ 50% of expenses from $250 to            accessible.
    $10,250 (maximum $5,000                  Facilities: any part of buildings,
    credit)                                    structures, equipment, roads,
                                               walks, parking lots
  Ramps; accessible work stations;           Vehicles: those that provide
    computer adaptations; electronic           transportation to the public or
    print enlarging; real-time                 to your customers.
    captioning; video captioning;            Can be used in combination
    interpreters…                              with the DAC.   
   pdf/f8826.pdf                           l/
State Disabled Access Credits
Missouri DAC
  Expenses over $10,250.
  State tax credit up to 50% of expenses
  Maximum credit of $5,000
Other Tax Credits
Work Opportunity Tax Credit

 ▫ Among included individuals included are: vocational
   rehabilitation referrals and SSI recipients.
 ▫ May claim a credit of up to 40% of the first $6,000 in first year
 ▫ Generally, an employee must work 400 hours, but a partial credit
   is available.
 ▫ Maximum credit of $2,400 generally.
Assistive Technology Resources
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
• Device recycling and exchange programs
• Job Accommodation Network
• Great Plains ADA
Presenter Contact Information

             David Baker
    Missouri Assistive Technology

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