For an estimated 43 million Americans with disabilities, technology makes everyday life easier and, in some instances, possible.

Motorized chairs, alternate keyboards and other communication systems such as talking computer screens, help people with disabilities cope with daily work and home situations.The Utah Assistive Technology Program, established by federal grant at Utah State University, and IBM's National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities will conduct a workshop for local executives and service providers Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16.

The workshop is in the Board of Regents office at the Triad Center.

For details on registration and times, contact Jay R. Cummings, event coordinator, 328-6196.

New new technology and products that help people with disabilities be productive members and full participants in society will be demonstrated, organizers say.

Equipment such as input adapters for computers, software, Braille printers and speech synthesizers will be displayed, demonstrated and discussed.

While one in six Americans has some sort of disability, statistics reveal that 73 percent of the disabled population is unemployed.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President Bush last year, will have a big impact not only for disabled individuals, but also for business and industry. The act protects the civil rights of people with disabilities by requiring access to buildings and reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.