Enhancing Workforce Productivity through the Use of Adaptive Technology Building Tomorrow Today Conference Mayfield Confer...
Your Speakers <ul><li>Kathryn Burke, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Disabilities Assoc...
The Premise behind the Presentation! <ul><li>The Goal:  A productive, happy & dedicated workforce </li></ul><ul><li>The Re...
The Reality <ul><li>In an information based economy , how people read, write, and mentally organize information affects th...
Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Refer to a number of disorders which can affect how a person acquires, organizes, retains,...
Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Range in severity and may interfere with the acquisition and use of one or more of the fol...
Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Frequently are associated with difficulties with organization and social skills </li></ul>...
LD by the Numbers <ul><li>Learning disabilities are the most common disability in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Prevalence esti...
Prevalence of LD in Alberta by Age Group Group Range Low Estimate Likely Prevalence Preschoolers ≥  4 years  19,997 39,994...
Do you or don’t you… …have staff with learning disabilities? <ul><ul><li>It is likely you have people working for you who ...
The Other Realities… <ul><li>Able bodied one day may be permanently or temporarily disabled the next </li></ul><ul><li>Man...
Accommodations <ul><li>Term used to describe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any supports, tools and/or services provided to indivi...
Accommodations … <ul><li>Individually designed based on person’s unique needs </li></ul><ul><li>May change over time based...
Accommodations <ul><li>Beginning to form part of Canadian Human Rights landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive or assistive t...
Adaptive (Assistive) Technology <ul><li>Generic term used to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>describe assistive, adaptive, and reha...
Adaptive Technology <ul><li>Frequently designed for “able bodied” world and adapted for disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Promote...
Adaptive Technology <ul><ul><li>Not necessarily new, high tech or expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A mixture of “AT so...
Examples of Everyday Accommodations Condition or Need Technology Near or far sightedness Glasses or contact lenses Pushing...
Examples of AT:  Developed for Workforce <ul><li>Digital Voice Recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Organizers  (BlackBerr...
<ul><li>So many choices.  </li></ul><ul><li>How do you decide what is right for you? </li></ul>
Deciding on AT <ul><ul><li>Specialized information received from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctors, optometrists & podia...
AT Assessment: General Process <ul><li>Issue(s) are identified  </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of issue(s) assessed </li></ul><u...
Identification of Issues <ul><li>In both the workplace and home: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the issues? </li></ul></ul...
Vision: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>See </li></ul><ul><li>Read regular text </li></ul><ul...
Communication: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Hear  </li></ul><ul><li>Speak or speak clearly...
Mobility: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Handwrite </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><u...
Cognition: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate thoughts <...
Primary Technology Application Groupings (TAGs)** <ul><li>Four TAGs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Let’s Meet Fred <ul><li>Aspiring company owner </li></ul><ul><li>Wants to be rich – very rich!  </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate...
Fred – a few years later <ul><li>Company owner & executive </li></ul><ul><li>Stopped running marathons – knees gave out </...
Let’s Meet Janet <ul><li>Just turned 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Works as auditor </li></ul><ul><li>Recently had surgery on wrist...
Let’s Meet Jared <ul><li>Works in construction </li></ul><ul><li>Well liked hard worker </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids completin...
<ul><li>Formal Assessment Process </li></ul>
TAGs Relationship to Areas of Impact: Example - Stroke Condition Some Possible Areas of Impact TAGs Vision Communication M...
Learning Disability limited ability to understand what I am reading MS  Access -ability Kurzweil Read Please Vision Commun...
How could  you  use the following? <ul><li>Digital Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Grap...
<ul><li>Thank You!  </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Discussion Invited </li></ul>
 
Assistive Technology Solution  Generic Example <ul><li>The following slide demonstrates the use of a number of common tech...
Assistive Technology Solution  Example  (continued) <ul><li>This Adaptive Technology solution requires  </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Enhancing Workforce Productivity through the Use of Adaptive Technology by Kathryn Burke and Paul Reid

1,423 views

Published on

Presentation given at the June 11, 2009 Building Tomorrow Today Conference, Edmonton, Alberta
For info contact: Kathryn Burke, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta at execdir@LDAA.ca

0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,423
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
3
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • According to disability advocates, technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people. Technology does exist to remove most barriers.
  • Enhancing Workforce Productivity through the Use of Adaptive Technology by Kathryn Burke and Paul Reid

    1. 1. Enhancing Workforce Productivity through the Use of Adaptive Technology Building Tomorrow Today Conference Mayfield Conference Centre, Edmonton June 11, 2009 Kathryn Burke Paul Reid
    2. 2. Your Speakers <ul><li>Kathryn Burke, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta </li></ul><ul><li>(780) 462-9497 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Reid, MSc </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>NorQuest College, Edmonton </li></ul><ul><li>(780) 644-6062 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Premise behind the Presentation! <ul><li>The Goal: A productive, happy & dedicated workforce </li></ul><ul><li>The Reality: Some staff will have issues that impact their ability to perform </li></ul><ul><li>The Strategy: Adaptive technology – commonly used to support people with disabilities – may help enhance productivity </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Reality <ul><li>In an information based economy , how people read, write, and mentally organize information affects their productivity and wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>There are many physical conditions that can impact people – either temporarily or on a permanent basis </li></ul>
    5. 5. Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Refer to a number of disorders which can affect how a person acquires, organizes, retains, understands or uses verbal or nonverbal information </li></ul><ul><li>People with learning disabilities have average to above average intellect and reasoning </li></ul>
    6. 6. Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Range in severity and may interfere with the acquisition and use of one or more of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>oral language including listening, speaking and understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reading including word recognition and comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>written language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mathematics </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Learning Disabilities … <ul><li>Frequently are associated with difficulties with organization and social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Often co-occur with other health and physical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Are often described as an “invisible disability” </li></ul>
    8. 8. LD by the Numbers <ul><li>Learning disabilities are the most common disability in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Prevalence estimates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative: 1 in 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging evidence: 1 in 5 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Prevalence of LD in Alberta by Age Group Group Range Low Estimate Likely Prevalence Preschoolers ≥ 4 years 19,997 39,994 Elementary & Junior High 5-14 years 43,311 86,622 High School 15-19 years 23,679 47,358 Post Secondary/Entering Labour Force 20-29 years 47,018 94,036 Mature Labor Force 30-64 years 153,998 307,996 Retirees ≤ 65 years 34,164 68,328
    10. 10. Do you or don’t you… …have staff with learning disabilities? <ul><ul><li>It is likely you have people working for you who have learning disabilities. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. The Other Realities… <ul><li>Able bodied one day may be permanently or temporarily disabled the next </li></ul><ul><li>Many conditions and disabilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stroke & cardiac events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warranty on body runs out at 50! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Accommodations <ul><li>Term used to describe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any supports, tools and/or services provided to individuals with disabilities to enable them to compensate for difficulties arising from their disability </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Accommodations … <ul><li>Individually designed based on person’s unique needs </li></ul><ul><li>May change over time based on evolving needs </li></ul><ul><li>In educational setting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used for student to access the curriculum, complete assignments and demonstrate and apply skills & knowledge; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not alter expectations of content mastery or skills. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Accommodations <ul><li>Beginning to form part of Canadian Human Rights landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive or assistive technology may be used to accommodate </li></ul>
    15. 15. Adaptive (Assistive) Technology <ul><li>Generic term used to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>describe assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the process used to select and use devices </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Adaptive Technology <ul><li>Frequently designed for “able bodied” world and adapted for disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes greater independence for people with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Can enhance productivity & dismantle barriers for both able and disabled individuals </li></ul>
    17. 17. Adaptive Technology <ul><ul><li>Not necessarily new, high tech or expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A mixture of “AT solutions” often required to meet an individual’s needs </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Examples of Everyday Accommodations Condition or Need Technology Near or far sightedness Glasses or contact lenses Pushing strollers or shopping carts Curb cutouts Couch Potato Syndrome (CPS) Remote controls (TV, Universal, DVD, etc) Sore feet Gel inserts, orthotics Damaged knees or ankles from sports Knee or ankle braces/supports Quilting and Sewing Pedestal magnifiers Students Highlighter pens and more Computer users Spell checkers, wrist rests, ergonomic chairs & keyboards
    19. 19. Examples of AT: Developed for Workforce <ul><li>Digital Voice Recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Organizers (BlackBerries, PALMs, iPOD, iPhone, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Dictionaries (Franklins, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Voice to Text Software (Dragon, Speak Q, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Text to Speech Readers (Word, Adobe PDF Aloud, Read Please, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Word Prediction Software (Word Q) </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Software Suites (Read & Write Gold, Kurzweil, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers (Inspiration, Sparks, Read & Write Gold) </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>So many choices. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you decide what is right for you? </li></ul>
    21. 21. Deciding on AT <ul><ul><li>Specialized information received from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctors, optometrists & podiatrists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ergonomic specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychologists, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Assistive Technology Assessment Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed by AT Specialists </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. AT Assessment: General Process <ul><li>Issue(s) are identified </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of issue(s) assessed </li></ul><ul><li>Issue(s) are categorized </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions considered, trialed and implemented </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a highly involved and complex process for a person with involved needs </li></ul>
    23. 23. Identification of Issues <ul><li>In both the workplace and home: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the issues? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What impact do they have? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What obstacles must be overcome? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What environmental conditions need to be considered? </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Vision: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>See </li></ul><ul><li>Read regular text </li></ul><ul><li>Read black print on white background </li></ul><ul><li>View LCD/CRT </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish colours </li></ul><ul><li>See writing on white-board </li></ul><ul><li>See objects in peripheral or central line of vision </li></ul>
    25. 25. Communication: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Hear </li></ul><ul><li>Speak or speak clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in group discussions because of hearing or speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Make oral presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with discussion (time delay) </li></ul>
    26. 26. Mobility: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Handwrite </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Use keyboard or mouse </li></ul><ul><li>Carry items </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt to specific seating or positions </li></ul>
    27. 27. Cognition: Examples <ul><li>Limited or no ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Get thoughts on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize spelling & typing errors </li></ul><ul><li>See numbers in the order they appear </li></ul><ul><li>Skim and scan text </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what is being read </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize words in isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focused – concentrate on what is being read and said </li></ul>
    28. 28. Primary Technology Application Groupings (TAGs)** <ul><li>Four TAGs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AT matched with TAGs </li></ul><ul><li>**Concept developed by Tom Sheridan & Jeff Warner, Specialized Support and Disability Services, University of Alberta </li></ul>
    29. 29. Let’s Meet Fred <ul><li>Aspiring company owner </li></ul><ul><li>Wants to be rich – very rich! </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate degree </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship winner </li></ul><ul><li>Published author </li></ul><ul><li>Marathon runner </li></ul><ul><li>Time starved </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious and driven </li></ul>
    30. 30. Fred – a few years later <ul><li>Company owner & executive </li></ul><ul><li>Stopped running marathons – knees gave out </li></ul><ul><li>Doctor wants him to lose weight </li></ul><ul><li>Lasik surgery didn’t work too well </li></ul><ul><li>Just divorced his wife without a pre-nup which has really messed up his concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Signed contract to write a book with pending deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Travels extensively </li></ul><ul><li>Time starved </li></ul>
    31. 31. Let’s Meet Janet <ul><li>Just turned 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Works as auditor </li></ul><ul><li>Recently had surgery on wrist for RSI </li></ul><ul><li>Glare (and red wine) can trigger migraines </li></ul><ul><li>Travels extensively </li></ul><ul><li>Cares for aging parents </li></ul><ul><li>Has two teenagers at home </li></ul><ul><li>Time starved </li></ul><ul><li>Wants to have more leisure time </li></ul>
    32. 32. Let’s Meet Jared <ul><li>Works in construction </li></ul><ul><li>Well liked hard worker </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids completing written reports – source of tension with PTB </li></ul><ul><li>Prides himself on seeing the movie instead of reading the book </li></ul><ul><li>Has avoiding enrolling in company’s mandatory safety class for past six months </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing visual perception </li></ul><ul><li>Checks measurements on the job multiple times </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>Formal Assessment Process </li></ul>
    34. 34. TAGs Relationship to Areas of Impact: Example - Stroke Condition Some Possible Areas of Impact TAGs Vision Communication Mobility Cognition Stroke <ul><li>Vision distortion </li></ul><ul><li>Slurred speech </li></ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Fine motor skills </li></ul><ul><li>Quadriplegia </li></ul><ul><li>Attention </li></ul><ul><li>Memory and concentration </li></ul>
    35. 35. Learning Disability limited ability to understand what I am reading MS Access -ability Kurzweil Read Please Vision Communication Mobility Cognition Text Help <ul><li>Screen Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Masking </li></ul><ul><li>Synonym Lookup </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting Extraction </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Note Recording </li></ul>Example – One Area of Impact selected = for trials relevant application based = on student assessment Technologies List of Applications for Particular TAG Associated TAG Area of Impact Student w/ Disability
    36. 36. How could you use the following? <ul><li>Digital Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizer </li></ul><ul><li>Voice to text </li></ul><ul><li>Text to voice </li></ul>
    37. 37. <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Discussion Invited </li></ul>
    38. 39. Assistive Technology Solution Generic Example <ul><li>The following slide demonstrates the use of a number of common technology devices to address the impact on a learning disability </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty taking notes in class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty understanding what is read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty remembering instructions </li></ul></ul>
    39. 40. Assistive Technology Solution Example (continued) <ul><li>This Adaptive Technology solution requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital voice recorder (Microsoft Windows compatible file format – WMA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USB Flash Drive (Min -2 GB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 Player ( Min – 2 GB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to a computer with Windows XP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or a more cost effective solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 Player ( Min – 2 GB) (used as a USB Flash drive as well) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USB microphone and access to a computer with Windows XP (to replace Digital Voice Recorder) </li></ul></ul>

    ×