Adaptive information systems: portals to employment, targeting the physically and mentally challenged
Tompkins, Bruce A.
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This thesis assesses and provides a critical evaluation of reasonable accommodations in the telecommunications and information systems technologies for people with disabilities at the Naval Postgraduate School. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 established a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. As barriers to access are removed, more people with disabilities are taking their rightful place as contributing members of society. This research has provided an assessment of the Naval Postgraduate School's compliance with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities act in providing reasonable accommodations. Areas where information systems and telecommunications products and services are not fully accessible by faculty, staff or student where a disability were identified. This research provided recommendations to assist NPS faculty, staff and managers of Automated Information Systems provide Assistive Technologies Support Services and Devices. Outside resources were identified that can assist the Naval Postgraduate School by providing the expertise, education and training on the issues dealing with reasonable accommodations in the workplace. The lessons learned are applicable to all Department of Defense activities.
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