10 Ways to Make Meetings Easier for Workers with Disabilities Part 2
As we wrote in last week’s post, about 15% of the world’s population has some form of disability—about 645 million people are either deaf or visually impaired alone.
Some incredible advancements are being made to help employers be more accommodating for those with disabilities, but employers may not know where to start. Meetings, which are especially crucial can also be especially difficult for the visual and hearing impaired.
Here are five more tips and technologies that can help make them more accessible:
- NuEyes and AIRA are just two examples of smart glasses that help people with low or even no vision.
- Many online meeting systems come with built-in accessibility features. Adobe Connect provides support that includes real-time closed captioning, keyboard access and other features.
- Smartphones come with accessibility features users may not even be aware of. Android’s TalkBack allows users to interact with their device using touch or spoken feedback. With the iPhone, you get subtitles, captioning and special gestures (like shaking the phone) to activate desired functions. Both phones come with voice assistance (e.g., Genie and Siri).
- BLITAB bills itself as the first ever braille tablet that creates tactile text and graphics for users in real time.
- To further assist those with visual or hearing issues, sometimes it’s the simple things. Making sure your meeting room is well lit and void of any unnecessary noise is a great place to start.
And don’t forget, for accessible whiteboard collaboration, Kaptivo offers a clear version of the full board regardless of the obstruction, such as a glare or presenter, which can make seeing especially difficult for someone with a vision issue or who has difficulty physically moving about.