These Tech Tools Help Professionals With Disabilities Have a Fulfilling and Successful Career

Big thank you to Patrick Young from ableusa.info for writing this guest post!

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Living with a disability doesn’t mean you’re less capable of success, especially when it comes to career goals. On the contrary, as long as you have the right tools, there’s no reason why you can’t accomplish the same professional tasks anyone else can. The good news for today’s professionals is that modern technology is more accessible than ever, and it can provide solutions to all kinds of potential hurdles in your career.

 

The Tools You Need

Most people can accomplish just about any job-related task with basic electronics like a laptop and a new-generation smartphone. One reason it’s so important to keep your phone current is that new accessibility apps are always being developed, and you can’t count on an older model to support them. Being able to take advantage of these apps, plus staying connected with customers and collaborators, is essential for your success. It’s important to remember that you’ll need to secure your devices, whether you’re using a smartphone or laptop. Remember to install the latest security software, download security updates, and use strong passwords.

 

Aids for Your Job Search 

Many companies are hiring online these days, and if you know where to look on the web, there are plenty of opportunities to be found whether you’re looking for full-time or freelance work. One good thing is that companies are catching onto the importance of website accessibility, which means more websites are designed with accessibility features in mind. Along with easier-to-use websites, devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets have their own built-in accessibility features, too. Whichever operating system you use, this guide is a great resource for finding those features on your device and on your web browser.

In addition to using these built-in features, there are also new software programs and devices that aid in web browsing. For example, SHRM highlights the OrCam tool for those with visual impairments. This nifty device looks like a pair of eyeglasses, but a camera that’s attached to the side reads text on a computer, smartphone, or print and converts it into audio information instantly.

 

Boosting Your Resume

No matter who you are or what level of abilities you have, the best job candidates are always the ones who have the best skills to offer. This is one reason why more people are exploring skill sharing as a way to increase their knowledge. Skill sharing is a trend that has become easier thanks to apps that connect knowledge seekers and learners, and it’s a valuable tool that’s not limited to users who have disabilities.

It’s also smart to search online resources for job seekers with disabilities because these can help you determine what you should include in your resume—and what doesn’t need to be there. Digital tools like Grammarly can also help ensure your resume and cover letter are free of typos. This type of proofreading software is useful for anyone who writes business documents, but it can be especially helpful for those with learning differences or visual impairments. You can also optimize your resume by accessing easy-to-use resume templates from Get Landed. These templates can help you create a fresh-looking resume that will make you stand out from the pack.

 

Getting the Job Done

Another area where proofreading tools help is with business communication, such as when you compose emails or create content for a website or social media. The business world involves lots of communication, and this is something you need to be able to do effectively. Apps can help here as well, regardless of the challenges you may have.

For example, anyone who has a hearing impairment might want to try the app RogerVoice, which enables phone conversations by creating real-time transcripts. Petralex is another great app for those who are hearing impaired, especially if you work in a noisy office because it amplifies whatever you need to hear.  

Communication is, of course, an essential part of everyday business, but it’s also how we network, continue learning, and get support from mentors. This is why AbilityNet highlights the importance of connecting with other disabled professionals on social media and through groups that are designed to support your needs.

Wherever you are in your career, you should never underestimate the importance of support and resources. You already have the capability to be successful. Technology simply enables you to take full advantage of your abilities.

 

Visit ableusa.info for more helpful information about living and working with disabilities.

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August 07, 2020 — Liisa Maloney

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