Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Have an older worker who could benefit from assistive technology?

Introducing the RESNA Catalyst Project’s Assistive Technology for Employer and Business Web Portal

The RESNA Catalyst Project (www.resnaprojects.org) provides technical assistance to Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing and Access to Telework Programs, and Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology programs. RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.

In 2011, the RESNA Catalyst Project began a new initiative focusing on the use of Assistive Technology (AT) for employment and business solutions. This initiative includes the development of an AT for Employer/Business Web Portal (http://atconnects.com/employers) designed to provide AT exclusive resources for businesses, employers, and those who work with employers to get people with disability employed.

Specifically, the AT for Employer/Business Web Portal features information on AT solutions in the workplace, finding help to access AT through the AT Act Entities, a consultant data base directory of RESNA Professionals and the services and expertise each offers to employers, publications on AT and Employment, various resources for employers to explore, and the partners who have worked with the RESNA Catalyst Project to create the Portal including the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE, and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

The online location of the Portal is housed on the National Public Internet Site for AT (AT Connects), operated by the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability’s (http://atconnects.com/). For more information about the AT for Employer Web Portal, please contact the RESNA Catalyst Project staff, or visit www.resnaprojects.org to learn more about AT Act programs and the RESNA Catalyst Project.


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