Economic indicators and trends in technology support the disability inclusion agenda.
Overcoming limitations with technology
The employment rate of disabled people will increase in the next few years. That is to say, one of the top Gartner’s strategic predictions for the twenties is promising. It has already been proven that organizations that actively employ people with disabilities stand out. Specifically, they achieve a higher retention rate, employee productivity, and profitability.
Moreover, the development of new technologies such as AI, VR, and WT enhances career opportunities in an unprecedented way.
No alternative to the technological boost
‘Technological change is making it increasingly important that people with disability know that the more they develop the human capital in the direction of using technology, the better’ – Massimo Morelli said. Morelli, Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the Bocconi University in Milan and a European Economic Association Council Member, was a guest during the Digital Roads to Sustainability event promoted by Traent.
Today, persons with disabilities cover many tasks within the protected jobs program. Morelli stressed that digitalization and automation would likely speed up their replacement by robots. Therefore, a lack of investment in digital competencies means a weaker position for disabled people in the labor market.
The higher the need, the lower the usage
According to a Pew Research Center survey, the technology adoption rate is lower among people with disabilities. In comparison with non-disabled Americans, disabled ones use internet less daily. It is also less likely for them to own a digital device or have access to high-speed internet.
In short, putting technology literacy at the top of the inclusion agenda reflects social and economic ratios. Above all, it ensures equal access to work and creates new business assets such as universally designed products and services.
Learn more about five technological trends that empower disabled people here.