Accessible training needed in the workplace
By Donna J. Jodhan
I’d like to proffer the following opinion with regard to why we should be
encouraging more accessible training in the workplace. I know that some
people may be opposed to this but this is why I believe that more accessible
training can help.
I believe that the more awareness that we can generate among and between
managers and sighted as well as blind employees, the better off we would be.
I do not think that it would be fair to assume that a sighted workplace
should or could automatically know how to interact with their fellow blind
workers and on the other hand I do not think that a sighted workplace should
or could expect the same from their blind counterparts. There is definitely
a gap that needs to be bridged and I am suggesting that this gap could be
greatly narrowed through the initiation of more accessible training courses.
I’d like to suggest the following types of courses and hopefully you can use
these to form the nucleus of something more permanent. This list is by no
means complete but it is a good start.
1. A course to focus on techniques of guiding a blind person through and
around the workplace.
2. A basic introduction to access technology that would include the
A. Screen readers, Braille displays, and screen magnifiers.
B. How they work.
C. Who uses them.
D. The capabilities of access technologies.
E. How mainstream technology interacts with access technology.
3. Why electronic formats are necessary.
4. What makes for an accessible website; the basics.
5. What makes for an accessible intranet.
6. Accessible technical support.
You may think that this could be a very daunting task but if it is
approached in an orderly manner then there will be nothing to be afraid of.
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