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    Learn which tools people with traumatic brain injuries are using to help with memory and organization.

  • Mobile technology devices can be very useful for individuals who have suffered memory loss as the result of a traumatic brain injury.

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    Advances made in Speech Recognition Software have really made a difference for one New Jersey Avon representative.

    Learn more here.

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    Speaking, instead of typing, can help with carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Success Stories

Melissa attends Richard Stockton College and is considering a career in social work. Attending classes, completing assignments, studying and getting organized is a lot of work for any student but for Melissa, it was becoming overwhelming. Melissa's DVR counselor referred her to Advancing... Continue Reading How Voice Recognition Software Can Help
Abigail began her first semester at college this past September and has been an assistive technology user for years. While attending high school, she used various software programs to help her with reading, an area she struggled with throughout school due to dyslexia. Abby also found spelling very... Continue Reading Software Can Make Reading and Writing Easier

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John works in one of the New Jersey’s One Stop Career Centers as an Employment Counselor. He recently returned to work after surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Upon his return, as per his doctor’s... Continue Reading Voice Recognition Software Gives Wrists a Rest

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Karen worked for an Independent Living Center as an Information and Referral Specialist. She uses a walker for mobility and can’t sit in a standard office chair for longer than 15 minutes before she needs a break... Continue Reading When an Accommodation Needs an Accommodation

Resources

A website offering information and resources for employers interested in hiring the men and women who are returning from military service. The site explains some of the conditions faced by people returning from combat today, like Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. It also... Continue Reading America's Heroes at Work
It can be hard to explain why there needs to be clear space to the right of a door handle for wheelchair users, but an animation or video can clearly explain the need. The United States Access Board has created a series of animations that do just that, along with narration to explain. The five... Continue Reading Animations that Explain Accessibility Standards
The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) provides employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Continue Reading Employer Assistance & Resource Network
JAN has created a Webcast series that highlights issues facing employees with disabilities in the workplace. These web based presentations are free and can be viewed over the Internet. Each accessible Webcast is approximately one hour in length. For more information on upcoming live events,... Continue Reading Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Webcast series
The NBDC provides a full range of services to assist corporations in successfully integrating people with disabilities into the workplace and marketplace. Continue Reading National Business and Disability Council

How We Can Help . . . 

We understand the many different types of barriers that keep men and women with disabilities from working. We also understand that there's no one solution or single answer to getting beyond those barriers. Advancing Opportunities offers:

  • Highly qualified staff
  • Up-to-date technology
  • One-Stop Shopping, support from evaluation to purchase through implementation

Working with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, our staff has helped hundreds of people enter or re-enter the workforce by using assistive technology to create solutions unique to their circumstances.

How to Request Our Services

  1. For consumers registered with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the process begins with a discussion with your DVR counselor about vocational goals, and barriers. Ask what barriers might be able to be removed through the use of assistive technology. For ideas of how assistive technology has helped others, visit our AT Solutions at Work page.
  2. The DVR counselor completes the referral application available here in PDF form. .
  3. The DVR counselor submits the form along with a voucher, via email or fax it to us at 609-882-4054.

Once we receive an approved application, a member of the Assistive Technology Services department will schedule an appointment for an evalution. We will come to the home or workplace and assess the individual’s abilities and employment goals to see what type of assistive technology would best serve them. If needed, we will facilitate a short-term trial of the device, to confirm that it will help meet the goals before recommending purchase.

Based on the assessment and trial, we make a recommendation to the DVR counselor. Once the recommendation is approved by DVR, we can order the equipment. We then can help train on the new assistive technology to ensure it's being used effectively and producing a satisfactory outcome.

Individuals not registered with DVR, can call us for more information at 1-888-322-1918 ext. 595.