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    ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

    Making Assistive Technology Work for You

    Sometimes we all need a helping hand. Assistive technology in the workplace is a vital contributor to employee health, growth potential and overall happiness. As assistive technology experts, we’ve seen the tremendous differences it can make to people’s lives and the work they do. 

    Assistive technology is defined by the British Assistive Technology Association as: “any product or service that maintains or improves the ability of individuals with disabilities or impairments to communicate, learn and live independent, fulfilling and productive lives”. 

    It helps people every day in different ways. For individuals with a learning challenge such as dyslexia, screen readers and text-to-speech software take the stress out of reading and writing. Hearing aids and audio accessories help those with hearing loss communicate and be understood in the workplace. For people affected by sight loss, visual magnifiers help bring documents back into focus. 

    Whatever the challenge, our assistive technology services can help. We supply a wide range of products which enable people to overcome their work challenges and become more fulfilled employees. 

    Features

    Products for Everyone

    From screen readers to visual magnifiers to hearing aids, we supply all assistive technology devices for the workplace and home.

    Additional Training

    Our experienced training team help new users learn how to use their new accessibility technology and all of its features. 

    Support and Aftercare

    Rely on telephone, email support and troubleshooting assistance to resolve any issues with new assistive technology devices.

    E-Learning Backup

    Many of our assistive-technology products feature online e-learning resources for reference and further learning.

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    Assistive Technology Today

    From the living room to the workplace to the classroom, assistive-technology devices and features are going mainstream. Once considered niche, they are now omnipresent. 

    The incorporation of accessibility technology, like narration and magnification, into hugely-popular consumer products like iPads and Chromebooks shows that even the biggest tech companies in the world understand the benefits of it. There’s also a realisation that assistive technology devices help everyone – not just people with learning difficulties and additional learning needs – and that’s why it needs to be included with these ubiquitous products.  

    The same is true of assistive technology in the workplace. By incorporating applications like speech recognition software, screen readers and note-taking solutions into this context, making them available for everyone to use, people can work and learn better. It’s no longer about technology helping the individual; now it can help the group. What’s more, treating assistive technology services as mainstream resources normalises their use and reduces the chances of a person feeling stigmatised for using something “different”.

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    Benefits

    Reduces Cognitive Load

    Enables employees to concentrate on the actual task at hand. Too often, too much time is spent just trying to get started.

    Prevents Anxiety 

    Stops the stress associated with failure to complete a task, which often increases the obstacles to better job performance. 

    Restores Parity

    Gives individuals the chance to work on a level playing field with their colleagues, and no longer play “catch up”.

    Promotes Accuracy

    Reduces the likelihood of errors and opportunities for mis-communication. Helps bring more certainty to workplace dialogue. 

    FAQs

    These services include analysing an individual’s needs and finding assistive technology solutions which can meet those requirements. That means the supply of assistive technology devices, training on that equipment and product aftercare.
    They’re any piece of technology which can help an individual perform better. From assistive technology for dyslexia to hearing aids, there’s equipment available which can overcome lots of different barriers and challenges. They include standalone products, software for PCs, apps for mobile devices and more.
    It helps mitigate the effects of the disability. For example, someone who has a visual impairment may require glasses. They help that person see better. That’s a simple example of how technology i.e. lenses, can improve someone’s performance potential and quality of life.
    Assistive technology devices for the workplace are available everywhere. However, the important thing is finding the technology which closely matches the needs of an individual. That’s why we help employers find the right accessibility technology for their staff. It saves time, prevents frustration and stops costly mistakes.
    Contact a ToHealth advisor on 0800 014 1982, or email admin@tohealth-pam.co.uk