September 27, 2018
Hey, Alexa: Put Inclusion on the Agenda

Bloomberg Law LogoTechnology Can Improve Productivity for Everyone

Voice-activated technology in the workplace is “a very big issue for major companies,” said Leslie Wilson, vice president of Disability:IN’s Inclusion Works, a network of disability rights advocates and businesses including Fortune 500 companies like Amazon, Dell, 3M, Bank of America, and Comcast NBCUniversal.

When it comes to the general introduction of virtual assistants to the workplace, “I don’t see any downsides,” Wilson told Bloomberg Law. “I’m not being Pollyanna. All I see is optimism. The thing about technology is that when it works, it doesn’t leave anyone behind,” she said.

“On the one hand, “it’s a boon for workers with manual dexterity limitations,” Simon Dermer said. That is to say, voice commands at the office could significantly help workers who struggle with fine motor skills or have limited physical mobility.”

~ Simon Dermer, co-founder and managing director of eSSENTIAL Accessibility

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