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Section 4: Work-related Resources

4.5. What special equipment or technology do people with disabilities need for the jobs they prefer?

Most adults with disabilities who are working or willing and able to work do not need special equipment or technology to perform their jobs effectively. For the 26% who report needing special equipment or technology to do their jobs effectively, the technology is readily available and relatively inexpensive. Needs vary among employed and non-working adults with disabilities. Eighteen percent of those who are working and 11% of those who are not currently working reported that they need a personal or labtop computer to be able to work effectively. Among those not working, 10% need a specialized wheelchair.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of people with disabilities do not need special equipment or technology to do their jobs effectively.

Circle graph showing percentage of people with disabilities who need special equipment to do their jobs effectively.

Figure 26: Reported special equipment needs of people with disabilities (percentage in each category)

Source: N.O.D./Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities (1994).

Surveys: Louis Harris and Associates, Inc.

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