Georgia Tech’s Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation (CIDI) is developing the Assistive Software Knowledgebase, an online resource that employees with disabilities, employers, and rehabilitation professionals can use to make informed choices about selecting, acquiring and using specialized computer software in the workplace.
Workplace accommodations, especially specialized computer software, can be essential for many people with disabilities to gain and maintain employment. Computer access software (e.g., speech recognition, screen reading) can enable a person with a disability to use a computer. Computer applications can also help people perform other tasks that they might otherwise find difficult, such as keeping a schedule, reading documents, or communicating with others.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of information about these applications. For example, a person who needs a screen magnification program may find several options from major assistive technology (AT) vendors, but which will best fit his/her needs? Is there a freeware version that might work as well? Is the program compatible with the person's computer? Is there an option that will run on an iPhone? There is a need for a centralized resource that provides this information.
The Assistive Software Knowledgebase will be a tool that employees with disabilities, employers, and rehabilitation professionals can use to make informed choices about selecting, acquiring and using assistive software. The site will include searchable information about features, usage tips, compatibility, and user experiences with a variety of software (e.g., screen readers or scheduling apps).
Much of this information will be generated through crowd sourcing. Stakeholders will be encouraged to submit reviews about the software/mobile apps that they use.
Products of this project are the Assistive Software Knowledgebase, a mobile app version, and trainings on workplace apps. Anticipated outcomes are that stakeholders will be able to explore accommodations that better fits their needs, are more likely to be used, and may be less expensive.
For more information on submitting a review, please visit the Information for Reviewers page.