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New technologies boost employment for disabled – Novethic

Published October 31, 2014


GPS, voice control of computer screens, video-interpretation … People with disabilities are in the technology means offset all or part of their disability. This digital revolution is radically changing the game in terms of employment; starting with the virtual job interview.


It is a silent revolution: the Internet is helping to change the situation for people with disabilities. This is true from the stage of the job search. Videoconferencing is such a great application tool.

An example with the 8 th room Handi2day , held from October 28 to 31 by Job2day websites and sponsored by Agefiph (Management Association of the Fund for the professional integration of people with disabilities).

The principle is novel: to report 40 000 candidates with disabilities with 70 companies, virtually. Facing their computer screen, tablet or smartphone, candidates are interviewed remote to try to win one of 2000 vacancies.

Lever brakes disability

Within Agefiph , the question of the contribution of new technologies for the professional integration of persons with disabilities is central. In 2013, the association has implemented through calls for projects, experiments that aim to reduce barriers faced by disabled people in their careers. Whether it’s a mental, psychic or progressive or chronic illness.

Some of the technologies that support employment Some are obvious: it is the case of the computer and the Web. But they still need to enjoy a suitable accessibility, regardless of disability. “The Internet has long been difficult for visually impaired people … and there is still much progress to be made,” tempers Annick Montfort, research manager for Agefiph.

The GPS is also regarded as a revolutionary tool. “It can move accurately in a city Its use can help professional lives of visually impaired people, but also a person with memory disorders or attention. In general, all connected systems will have an impact on the lives of people with cognitive impairment. “

Airbus shows an example

Teleworking has released some motor disabilities, allowing them to work remotely; emails and SMS brought deaf simple means of communication; Voice Control screen opens doors to visually impaired computer … “Another extraordinary breakthrough is video-interpretation adds Annick Montfort is a service that translates Instantly a speech to the deaf. “ The system of simultaneous translation into sign language developed within companies.

Airbus Toulouse was a pioneer in the field: in 2008, the company has established a platform for interpreting many deaf employees. At the time, Christian Rouquayrol, referring disability in the service of occupational risk prevention company, confided: “This is part of a broader reflection we carry on maintaining the employability of our disabled employees. We have among our staff, people, sometimes high-level living their bad work situation or who aspire to professional development. It is essential to take into account their difficulties. ”


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