Vol. 47, No. 10
Hight-Tech Tools Lower Barriers for Disabled
On Feb. 1, 2001, President Bush announced the New Freedom Initiative to promote the full participation of disabled people in society. The program's goals include increasing access to assistive technology, and expanding educational and employment opportunities. It also includes these provisions:
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act offers incentives to work for more than 7.5 million Americans receiving benefits under federal disability programs.
- States can access up to $20 million in matching grants to help people with disabilities buy equipment necessary for telecommuting.
- Employers that purchase equipment that would enable an employee to telecommute would be eligible for tax incentives.
The full report can be found at A Progress Report on Fulfilling America’s Promise to Americans with Disabilities
There are other state and federally funded grants and financial assistance programs for people with disabilities and employers who hire them.
- For information about state resources, visit Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology October 2001
- The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 offers a tax incentive to small businesses that comply with the ADA. Details are available through the federal Job Accommodation Network at JAN Tax Incentives