III Corps and Fort Hood’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office employees held an Assistive Technology Fair at the III Corps Headquarters on Oct. 19.
The fair, held during National Disability Awareness Month, was designed to showcase the different technologies and resources available for individuals with disabilities in the workforce.
“This event was held to educate the public, and people with disabilities, about what is available, including services and technology,” said Harry Wilson, management assistant to the assistant Chief of Staff, Resource Management and Cost Analysis Division at III Corps Headquarters. “This is a nice program to have, so people can become aware of what’s out there.”
Wilson, a disabled employee himself, said there were a couple of products in particular he was looking forward to seeing.
“The Echo, it takes notes for you,” Wilson said. “It transfers them to a script for you, and also to your computer. They also have some special keyboards that are nice for helping with the work environment.”
The fair also brought awareness to mental disabilities as well, said Kevin Brown, occupational therapy assistant, Warrior Transition Brigade.
“We’re here today to display the stuff we offer the wounded warriors coming back from combat,” Brown said. “We have some technology to help them in their recovery from injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder and stress-related anxiety.”
One of the technological devices offered to the wounded soldiers is an iPod Touch. Apple’s device offers many services to service members, Brown said.
“We give these to the soldiers to help them with memory, remembering their appointments, setting agendas and keeping track of finances,” Brown said. “We also have apps they can download to help them with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and traumatic brain injury.”
The iPods are offered through the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, which is just one of the tools used to better the lives of disabled workers. By informing soldiers of the programs available, Brown is happy to give wounded warriors opportunities he never had.
“I’m still a soldier, I just don’t wear the uniform anymore,” said Brown, an Army veteran. “It feels good to be able to help out the guys.”