Advances in telephone technology have benefited individuals with disabilities.
Advances in telephone technology have enhanced the employability of individuals with disabilities and have reduced the need for special devices and accommodations. For example, teleconferencing can reduce employee travel requirements, thus allowing the full participation of an individual with a disability who cannot drive or who finds it difficult to travel. Speakerphones and headphones permit use of telephones without the need to hold a receiver. Voice-activated dialing and programmed dialing have also made phones more user-friendly for those with visual impairments and for those with limited use of their hands or arms.