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Assistive Technology For The Workplace
Eloise demonstrating the use of AT device at the Conference on Fair Employment Practices
Eloise Lim is a stroke survivor who is only able to function with one side of her body. Kuah Chai Yoke has very low vision as she is partially blind in her left eye and totally blind in her right. Despite their disabilities, they are able to enjoy access to the computer for work and play – all thanks to assistive technology (AT) .
Eloise and Chai Yoke were at the Conference on Fair Employment Practices on 20 May 2013 held at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel to demonstrate the use of AT devices such as the video magnifier (sometimes known as CCTV) with screen magnification software and compact keyboard to approximately 400 business and human resource leaders who attended the event. The pair, who are Techwerkz trainees at SPD’s Sheltered Workshop programme, was part of the SPD team present to share about inclusive employment and the types of support available to employers.
“Having Eloise and Chai Yoke demonstrate the use of AT at the exhibition, we were able to showcase how technology can help people with disabilities overcome their physical challenges to be competent in their tasks,” said Ms Lee Hui Lin, head of programme and service development for SPD’s Employment & Care Support Division .
The Conference on Fair Employment Practices was organised by the Singapore Tripartism Forum, consisting of the Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress and Singapore National Employers Federation, in partnership with the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for Ministry of National Development, delivered the keynote address at the event.