connect ability: Can I Get Help?

Can I Get Help?

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Depending on the nature of your disability, you may need some assistance on the job. You might need a piece of technology to help you function at your best. Or, perhaps you'll need a personal assistant. There are many options available to you and many ways you can get the help you need to make your work experience a good one. So, can you get help? Of course.

Assistive Technology

Some people with disabilities need special equipment to help them perform the duties of their job. The formal term for this equipment is "Assistive Technology." Here's the definition:

Assistive Technology (AT)Any item or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life including at school, at work, at home, and in the community.


Often, using assistive technology can make a big difference in the kinds of jobs, independent living, education, and recreation opportunities you choose. To learn more, go to the "Career Center" section of this website and click on the "Assistive Technology" link to read about the Connecticut Tech Act Project programs and services such as the Assistive Technology Exchange (which allows people to swap or sell equipment they no longer need), the AT Loan Program, and much more. The Assistive Technology Exchange (which allows people to swap or sell equipment they no longer need), and much more. Take a look at an Assistive Technology Checklist.

Personal Assistance

Personal assistance means any support a person needs to keep his or her independence. Many people with disabilities have personal assistants who help with work, daily life, or recreation. You might need hands-on services, help with day-to-day activities, transportation and more. Or, perhaps you need help caring for children, using a checkbook, or translating speech that might be difficult to understand.

Job Coaches

In the work world, a job coach (sometimes called an Employment Specialist) can provide you with the support you need to perform at your best. How could a job coach help you? There are lots of ways. A job coach could:

  • Help your employer train you on the skills needed for the job.

  • Help you work with supervisors and co-workers.

  • Help you learn how to use transportation to get to work.

  • Help you know what's expected of you on the job.

  • Help you if the work becomes too difficult, or other problems arise that might affect your work.

  • Help by working with your employer to teach him (or her) how to provide you with any support you may need.

A job coach will usually meet with you at work, but may also meet with you off the job (whichever is more appropriate and comfortable for you). You may need a job coach for a limited period of time, or you may need ongoing support. For more information on job coaching or other on-the-job support, go to:

If you'd like more information about finding a personal assistant, deciding how much and what kind of assistance you may need, paying for a personal assistant, and more, go to the Personal Assistance section of this site.

Content Last Modified on 6/25/2013 10:46:37 AM