AI for Good Shows Promise to Enhance Work Accessibility

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Rapid technological change and fresh thinking now fuel the development of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software applications in industries across America and other countries worldwide. These software applications could help to increase access to job opportunities in high-growth fields, mitigate systemic barriers, and foster inclusion.

This theme especially resonates in 2020 as we commemorate 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the upcoming 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Technology has rapidly transformed our society during this period, including through the growth of the Internet, expanded wireless communications, and widespread use of mobile devices. The next 30 years can carry forth more technological achievements to further the ADA’s goals for equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.

Personalized Accommodations and Supports

AI-powered software could intelligently analyze data on workplace settings (virtual and physical) to produce personalized accommodations and adapted supports for workers with disabilities. This new approach to identify and customize accommodations and supports for workplaces could help boost productivity and performance while strengthening the self-empowerment of workers with disabilities.

AI-embedded software, including data analytics, offers strong potential to improve accessibility for workers with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities. It can support tools for physical and virtual workplaces that account for differences in workplace communication, thinking and learning, sensory experiences, and mobility. AI-powered software could also enhance how employers and service providers approach providing supports to increase accessibility in all facets of hiring, recruitment, and career advancement.

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