The graphic that heads up every page of ICAN's website contains logos for Arkansas Department of Career Education and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services as well as four small photographs: young girl at a computer, a senior couple reading the paper, a man at work at a computer, and a woman helping a baby operate a toy.  

 
Find the assistive technology you need:
 

 
 
Resources for
Assistive Technology
and Accommodations
in the Workplace
 

The photo above is a compilation of four workers: a doctor, a mechanic, a chef, and a farmer.
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ICAN AT4ALL -- Assistive Technology enhancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Arkansas ICAN AT4ALL project offers assistive technology and referrals to Arkansas employers and people striving to gain or maintain employment.  

Work-Related Assistive Technology Available for Loan and Demonstration

ICAN AT4ALL has a large library of assistive technology available for loan and demonstration.  Among the work-related devices are:

Computer Access 


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Communication

Assistive technology that can help.

 Ergonomic Solutions for the Office

Ergonomic Solutions from ICAN: ICAN AT4ALL offers assistance in ergonomic design and devices for the office.

Ergonomic Guidelines for Computer Workstations:  Cornell University provides Ergonomic Guidelines for arranging a computer Workstation.  http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/ergoguide.html.

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Accommodations to make the workplace more accessible and productive?

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service of the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.  Available at http://www.jan.wvu.edu , JAN offers free and effective advice on providing job accommodations.  Your Resource for Workplace Productivity Enhancements and Reasonable Accommodations Solutions. 

JAN has a searchable online accommodation resource called SOAR that contains many a wide array of accommodations for almost every kind of job and every kind of disability. Visit JAN at http://www.jan.wvu.edu/soar/index.htm.


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How AgrAbility Can Help

AgrAbility is a program with the aim of enabling farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities to achieve a high quality lifestyle so that they, their families, and their communities can succeed in rural America. For more information, visit our information page for Agrability and link to the National AgrAbility Project.

 How does the Americans with Disabilities Act affect employment?

Workers with disabilities have a right to workplace accessibility and accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   The ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with a disability who are able to perform the essential functions of a position with or without reasonable accommodation.  Under the ADA, a person with a disability:

Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity including; walking, activities of daily living (bathing, feeding, dressing, etc.), seeing, speaking, hearing loss, etc. The person has a record of such impairment and is regarded as having such impairment.

Find out more about the rights of employees and responsibilities of employers under the U. S. Government's primary site on the ADA: http://www.ada.gov/.


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What other resources are available in Arkansas to help people with disabilities and employers in work-related issues?


Arkansas Department of Laborwww.arkansas.gov/labor/
The Arkansas Department of Labor was given the responsibility of enforcing the labor laws of the state in 1913. The mission of the Arkansas Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the health, safety and welfare of the wage earners of Arkansas by providing services and enforcing laws to improve working conditions and enhance their opportunities for safe and profitable employment.
 


Arkansas Workforce Service
shttp://www.ark.org/arstatejobs/index.php
Provides an online search for employment with the State of Arkansas.


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
- The mission Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education, is to assist persons with disabilities to become empowered in order to attain employment.  Services include:
  • Transition services for students finishing high school.
  • Services for those with special communications needs such as the deaf and hearing impaired. 
  • Vocational training at the Arkansas Career Training Institute incorporating the unit formerly known Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center. 
For more information go to: http://www.arsinfo.org
 

Project Arkansas Work Incentives (AWIN)
Aids people with disabilities who receive disability benefits from Social Security or Supplemental Income (SSI) and want to work full or part time. Web address; http://www.arsources.org/awin.html
 

Disability Rights Center
- http://www.arkdisabilityrights.org
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology PAAT - If you are a person with a disability or know someone with a disability that has concers, questions and/or has been denied assistive technology (AT) devices or services, please call Disability Rights Center (DRC) at 800-482-1174.  DRC provides information referral, advocacy and/or litigation services at no charge. 


Ticket to Work : The Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act was enacted on December 17, 1999. This law includes several important new opportunities for people who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to go to work.  The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services.  Under this program the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal.  The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.  The Ticket to Work website at   provides information on: http://www.ssa.gov/work/aboutticket.html.
  •  How working may affect your check
  •  How working may affect your health benefits
  •  How the Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives can help.


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