Assistive Technology Purchasing Professionals Accommodate the Disabled Without Breaking the Bank

FOR RELEASE: March 12, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — Being blind or otherwise physically disabled is no longer keeping those with disabilities from finding success in the workplace. Purchasing professionals are now able to take advantage of new technology with prices for assistive technology lower than most have seen in the last five years.

In the March 1999 issue of Purchasing Today®, the article, "Impairments? Technology Makes Them Seem Obsolete" explores how purchasing and supply professionals are able to acquire assistive technology due to a dramatic price decline.

The article states that data tabulated through October 31, 1998, by the Job Accommodation Network, indicates that 48 percent of accommodations cost less than $500, and only 3 percent cost $5,000 or more. The drop in price over the last four to five years is due in part to the overlapping of assistive and regular technologies.

Some of the recent advancements in assistive technology include eye-gaze systems and brain wave sensing, in which case the computer is able to read where the user is looking or sense which areas of the brain are working. Voice recognition and assistive computer technology are also examples noted in the article, which have made it possible for purchasers to acquire, without breaking their bank. The Purchasing Today® article gives tips on purchasing special equipment, as well as other reasons for the dramatic price decline in assistive technology.

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