How Those with Disabilities Can Leverage Technology for Career Advancement

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Are you thinking about advancing your career, perhaps through a promotion or by expanding your business? Technology can provide invaluable tools to help you take the next step in your career. 2Startups has compiled a useful guide to show you our favorite devices, software, and online opportunities that can give you a competitive edge.

Start with a Smartphone

The most essential piece of technology you’ll need to advance your career is a reliable smartphone. Not only do smartphones allow you to stay digitally connected with co-workers, networking connections, and ongoing clients, but many of the technologies available to assist people with disabilities now come in app form. Plus, the latest and greatest phones have all sorts of wonderful accessibility features both for Android and iPhone users. With your phone set up to your personal specifications, you can stay connected with your work contacts and use your apps fluently.

You can also look into simple accessories like Popsockets that make your phone handier to use. These little gizmos lie flat when your phone is not in use and pop out to make your phone easier to grip. They also come in a number of different designs appropriate to go to work with you, whether you’re a professional in the beauty industry or a Fortune 500 CEO.

Similarly, you might decide you need a mobile hotspot connection to facilitate work. Whether you’re meeting with clients on the fly, researching products, or conducting other affairs, if your vehicle is your mobile office a car wifi hotspot is a must-have. You can stream videos or audio at will, and as Cartellligent points out, it’s an opportunity to work without even leaving your vehicle.

Home Sweet Home

Depending on your disability and career, you may already be taking advantage of the benefits of working from home. It’s a chance to tailor your environment and schedule to your tastes, and it’s an efficient and productive option for workers and business owners alike.

Similarly, you can also further your education from the comforts of home. There are online educational institutions that you can enroll in for earning that next degree or certification, or just to further your knowledge or skills. At these schools, the classes and teachers are set up well for accessibility concerns, in terms of programs, classes, and instruction.

Try Digital Networking

There are countless advantages that can come from networking. No matter what field you work in, it’s a crucial step toward professional success. Strong professional contacts can recommend you for promotions or refer you to clients. They can also offer advice and mentoring. Today, lots of networking takes place over social media channels, like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Maintaining a presence on those sites, building your network of contacts, and engaging with the content of other professionals in your field are all great ways to forge connections that can help you advance your career.

The Right Tools

Assistive technologies for people with disabilities have improved by leaps and bounds over recent years. By taking advantage of the latest technologies, you can make yourself as competitive as possible for career advancement opportunities.

For people who are deaf or have partial hearing, for example, apps like Ava can provide live transcriptions of conversations, facilitating communication with co-workers and potential clients. Hearing aids are also improving rapidly, and Bluetooth technology can help people who are hard of hearing connect directly to their smartphones.

For the blind and partially sighted, there are a wide number of screen readers available on the market, and revolutionary technologies like the OrCam MyEye 2 can read text aloud and even recognize faces. There are also braille solutions, like transparent keyboard overlays and refreshable displays for computer monitors. Along those same lines, those who are blind or partially sighted and have limited mobility can take advantage of one-handed braille keyboards. There are tech-related strategies out there for virtually any work-related concern.

There are many ways that people with disabilities can use technology to make the career they are dreaming of a reality. Whether it’s taking their career mobile, working from home, earning that next degree or certification, opportunities abound. Ensure you have the tools you need to get ahead. Soon, the career, promotion, or skills you’re dreaming about will be yours!

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