Good for People
The realm of digital imaging and other electronic office activities is opening up a full range of working opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. This has been an exciting new experience for many, moving them from service and support jobs to more regular posts in office settings.
While positions with "technical" aspects were long considered off-limits for people with developmental disabilities, a number of studies and demonstration projects have shown the opposite to be true. In records conversion, the steps in the process can be set forth clearly, and then they are repeated with one document after another. The repetitive nature of the work provides a routine more easily learned and practiced by the workers.
Oftentimes, people with developmental disabilities in digital imaging positions are working in teams, frequently in larger administrative areas.
Generally, people are treated as regular employees, although at times extra support is provided.
Transportation can normally be arranged with little difficulty, with the individual involved using public transportation, riding in a special services vehicle or traveling independently.
In opening up new areas of opportunity for people with developmental disabilities, digital imaging can help build long term careers, perhaps broadening into wider office support work, all while earning income in the process.
Good for Business
Business organizations were among the first to recognize the benefits of electronic data storage—the ease of access, reduction in the space required and the ability to exchange information in a secure manner. Companies are just learning, however, that people with developmental disabilities can be an important source of workers for these tasks. This can open the way for significant cost savings, while also providing productive and rewarding employment for people with disabilities.
Training services are available to companies seeking qualified workers and cost effective means of achieving these solid benefits and savings for their own organizations.
Good for the Public Sector
Government administration isn't always thought of as being in the forefront of technological innovation, nor "early adopters," but public agencies are demonstrating leadership in the digital imaging area. They are also beginning to employ people with developmental disabilities to get the job done, helping to get the work done while doing good in the communities they serve.
A major records conversion project at the Minnesota Department of Human Services is reducing records space requirements by two thirds, all accomplished with trained people who have developmental disabilities. Project after project is demonstrating how employers of all sorts can make effective use of people with developmental disabilities to meet their operating objectives. Helping build career options for individuals who want to work, while getting the people's work done.
Start up questions
What equipment and software are needed for imaging?
What are the space requirements?
How do I contact the people with disabilities in my area who can do
How much can we save?
How can I get started?