One of my favorite emerging trends right now is the topic of virtual reality and it’s application and use for the workplace specifically in the areas of employee training, development and learning. This year Walmart is expected to train more than 1 million employees using virtual reality. In the virtual world, cashiers are taught to show greater empathy, mechanics learn to repair planes and retail workers experience how to deal with armed robbery. But VR isn’t just limited to employee training, there is so much potential in the areas of skill development. I wanted to highlight how VR is being used in this area specifically in providing job training and skill development for people with disabilities. This podcast is sponsored by WorkMarket, an ADP Company.
Episode 226: Creating VR Workplace Training Programs for People with Disabilities
This episode of the Workology Podcast is part of our Future of Work series powered by PEAT, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. In honor of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this July, we’re investigating what the next 30 years will look like for people with disabilities at work, and the potential of emerging technologies to make workplaces more inclusive and accessible. Today, I’m joined by Chris Baumgart and Meagan Little. Chris is an Assistive Technology Specialist. Chris has worked in the community for people with disabilities for over 14 years.
Chris Baumgart has been working to provide services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Imagine! since 2006. While working as a DSP, and later in management, Chris established himself as an innovator for developing age-appropriate content for adults using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC, specifically speech generating) Devices before transitioning into the role of Assistive Technology Specialist in 2011. Since then, he has continued to work to provide Assistive Technology Solutions that allow people increased independence and agency throughout multiple environments in their daily lives. Specifically, he focuses on providing people the tools they need in their homes, at Day Programs, or in their vocational environments.
Meagan Little has been working to provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with Imagine! since 2014. In this time Meagan established herself as an innovator for developing adaptive equipment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is now the Assistive Technology Program Supervisor for Imagine! and leads a team of assistive technology instructors at Imagine! Adult community and Employment services. Read more here…
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