Wednesday Workshop: Enhancing Workplace Success, Problem-Solving, Decision Making, and Advocacy for Assistive Technology

Date and Time



1 hour


Let’s hone in on your problem-solving, decision-making, and advocacy skills in the workplace, with a special emphasis on supporting individuals using assistive technology. At Penny Forward we recognize the vital role these skills play in fostering inclusivity and driving organizational success, and how success in the workplace can lead to financially bright futures.

What to Expect

1. Introduction: (10 minutes)

  • Welcome participants and emphasize the importance of problem-solving, decision-making, and advocacy skills in the workplace, particularly for individuals using assistive technology.
  • Ice breaker: Describe a time you faced a challenge in the workplace and how you move beyond it.
  • Encourage active participation and an open exchange of ideas throughout the workshop.

2. Understanding Workplace Challenges: (5 minutes)

  • Define common workplace challenges that require problem-solving and decision-making skills, emphasizing those faced by individuals using assistive technology.
  • Discuss the impact of effective problem-solving, decision-making, and advocacy on personal and organizational success, particularly in fostering inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Share examples of successful problem-solving and decision-making scenarios in diverse workplace environments.

3. Problem-Solving Strategies: (10 minutes)

  • Introduce problem-solving frameworks and methodologies tailored to individuals using assistive technology, considering unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Provide practical tips for defining problems, generating solutions, and implementing action plans while considering accessibility requirements.

4. Decision-Making Techniques: (10 minutes)

  • Explore decision-making approaches that prioritize inclusivity and accessibility, acknowledging the diverse needs and perspectives of all stakeholders.
  • Discuss the role of data analysis, risk assessment, and critical thinking in making informed decisions that consider the requirements of assistive technology users.
  • Offer guidance on prioritizing options, considering consequences, and advocating for decisions that promote accessibility and inclusivity in the workplace.

5. Advocating for Assistive Technology: (10 minutes)

  • Define the importance of advocating for assistive technology to address accessibility barriers and empower individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
  • Discuss strategies for effectively advocating for assistive technology, including educating colleagues and employers, requesting accommodations, and collaborating with accessibility professionals.
  • Share success stories and resources for accessing assistive technology solutions and support services.

6. Overcoming Challenges and Biases(10 minutes)

  • Identify common challenges and biases faced by individuals using assistive technology in the workplace, such as stigma, lack of awareness, or inadequate support.
  • Discuss strategies for overcoming these challenges, including self-advocacy, building alliances, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Provide techniques for managing emotions, reducing stress, and maintaining focus during challenging advocacy situations.

7. Closing: (5 minutes)

  • Summarize key takeaways from the workshop, emphasizing the importance of ongoing practice and refinement of problem-solving, decision-making, and advocacy skills, particularly in promoting accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Provide resources for further learning and development, including assistive technology tools, accessibility guidelines, and advocacy resources.
  • Thank participants for their active participation and commitment to fostering a more inclusive and accessible workplace environment.
  • Penny Forward updates.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your workplace success and become a more effective advocate for accessibility and inclusivity. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

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