The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to adopt remote work arrangements. While this has been a challenge for some, it has also opened up new opportunities for workers with disabilities.
Prior to the pandemic, many workers with disabilities faced significant barriers to employment. These barriers included:
Remote work has the potential to remove many of these barriers for workers with disabilities. For example, remote workers with transportation challenges can now work from home, which eliminates the need to commute. Remote workers with physical accessibility challenges can also work from home, where they can set up their workspace to meet their individual needs. And remote workers with communication challenges can use technology to communicate with their colleagues and supervisors.
In addition to removing barriers, remote work can also offer a number of other benefits for workers with disabilities. For example, remote work can provide workers with more flexibility and control over their work-life balance. It can also allow workers to better manage their health conditions.
A study by the National Organization on Disability found that 70% of workers with disabilities who were able to work remotely during the pandemic reported that their productivity had increased. The study also found that 63% of these workers reported that their overall quality of life had improved.
Remote work is not a perfect solution for all workers with disabilities. However, it has the potential to remove many of the barriers that have prevented these workers from participating in the workforce. As the trend of remote work continues, it is likely that more and more workers with disabilities will be able to benefit from this opportunity.
Here are some additional benefits of remote work for workers with disabilities:
If you are a worker with a disability, you may want to consider exploring remote work opportunities. There are many resources available to help you find and succeed in a remote job.
Here are some resources to help you get started: