Accessible Workplace Lab

AMAC studies the assistive technologies needed for an inclusive workplace in the CIDI Accessible Workplace Lab

Making Workplace Participation Easier

The Accessible Workplace Lab develops new workplace technologies and strategies that maximize independence and participation for people with disabilities in the workplace. The lab provides educational products and resources to support those trying to improve workplace accessibility. Particular interests include the use of accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the workplace, the development of an evidence-base on what accommodations work in which situations, and the use of inclusive/universal design practices to support all employees, including older workers.

Current Projects

Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes: A Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP)
Principal Investigator: Jon Sanford
Co-Investigators: Fran Harris, Maureen Linden, Karen Milchus, Harshall Mahajan, Nathan Moon

Current workplace accommodation practices focus on making job tasks accessible, but pay less attention to how the employee is able to interact with coworkers. The goal of this project is to determine the effect that universal design (UD) has on workplace participation for employees with disabilities. To accomplish this goal, CATEA is developing separate measures for workplace participation and for the presence of universal design elements. This later tool is unique in that it covers both the physical environment (e.g., is there an automatic door) and social environments (e.g., do coworkers prop open the door).

Data will be collected from employers and employees, and the investigators will identify universal design accommodation practices that are associated with positive work outcomes.

ICT Accessibility MOOC Instruction and Research | Exploring Attitudes Towards ICT Accessibility in Corporate, Government, and Non-Profit Environments
Principal Investigator: Christopher Lee

This study focuses on attitudes towards ICT accessibility in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. In addition, this research will attempt to identify the complexities and challenges posed for students with disabilities in online learning environments. The potential benefits of the study could lead to more effective workplace and teaching ICT accessibility policies and practices.

This study seeks to answer the following research questions:

  1. What are the ICT Accessibility challenges and barriers for employees and customers in corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations?
  2. What are the ICT Accessibility challenges and barriers for people with disabilities, family members, and service providers?
  3. What are the perceptions and experiences of incorporating ICT Accessibility practices?

The study will rely on two sources of data: a pre-course survey and a post-course survey. Students in the course will opt-in to the research study and will be asked to complete both surveys.