New Report Examines How Assistive Technologies Can Enhance Work Participation for People With Disabilities


According to Census Bureau data, 56.7 million Americans had some type of disability in 2010.  Only 41 percent of working-age individuals with a disability reported being employed in the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted that year, in contrast to 79.1 percent for working-age people without a disability.  Assistive products and technologies – such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices – could partially or fully mitigate the effects of impairments and enable people with disabilities to work.  A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines selected assistive products and technologies and assesses the extent to which people have access to and use these devices, as well as the extent to which the devices support occupational success.


Advance copies of The Promise of Assistive Technology to Enhance Activity and Work Participation will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Monday, May 8.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 9.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on Twitter using #AssistiveDevices.