PARIS, July 8 (Benin News / EP) –
Web site employment of people with disabilities will increase by 32% by 2022 and exceed the 13% achieved in the pre-pandemic period, partly due to the introduction of new technologies that promote integration in the workplace.
In honor of the International Day of Appropriate Technologies on July 15 Adecco Foundation, in collaboration with Keysight Technologies Sales Spain launched the 11th edition of the Technology and Disability report.
The report analyzes the impact of new technologies on the integration of people with disabilities. people with disabilities and seeks to find out how people with disabilities perceive the impact of the technological revolution.
To compile this report, a survey was conducted with the participation of men and women aged 1 to 5 years. from 18 to 55 years old who are physically or mentally handicapped.
Above all, this study highlights that the pandemic has had a profound impact on the quality of life of people with disabilities as it has undermined their purchasing power and social relationships.
Despite this, this health situation has led to a process of sudden technologization and consolidation of the digital economy, thereby opening up new opportunities for their integration into the labor market in the medium term.
According to the latest data registered by this foundation, after a -25% drop in the enrollment of people with disabilities in 2020, the recovery during 2020 was 32% increase in the number of employees hired with a disability.
OVER 15 YEARS TO ACHIEVE TRUE INCLUSIVENESS
Although the majority of respondents consider the introduction of these technologies in the social sphereAccording to him, this process is still far from producing results and demonstrating this integration in the world of work.
So much so that 41% of respondents believe that full employment will be achieved by 2040 thanks to integration of adapted technologiesthe potential of robotics to overcome certain barriers or consolidate remote work.
On the other hand, 11.9% of respondents believe that technology alone will never be able to fully integrate people with disabilities into the labor market. has a direct impact.
This report highlights that leaving the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digitalization labor market is not enough, as awareness-raising is needed in addition to technological development.
In this regard, it is important to note that the participation of people with disabilities in the labor market is still low, with employment opportunities at 34%. It means that 65.7 percent people of working age not working and not looking for workoften because they lack the resources to use their talents and skills.
In this regard, the managing director of the Adecco Foundation believes that “new technologies are excellent allies in facilitating their access to employment. However, this will not be enough for guarantee equal access but ensure that professionals with disabilities acquire the digital skills needed to meet business needs.”
INCREASED QUALITY OF LIFE
Another finding of the report is that 91.8% of respondents believe that the technological revolution has improved their overall quality of life.
This can be seen, for example, in the role that social networks have played, as 75% of them say that new technologies and social networks managed to create a large social fabric around disability.
In fact, 48% of them use some form of technology to overcome obstacles and/or audio-visual barriers, be it virtual mice, keyboards with covers, braille printers or zoomers. In addition, 27 per cent. use assistive technology on a daily basis.
In addition, while 91.8% of respondents believe that advances in this area can contribute to inclusion, 8.2% believe that technology is not an ally of the process of inclusion and does not improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, but rather emphasizes inequality gap.
Some of these respondents say they face barriers to using new technologies due to difficulty or accessibility issues: 44% say they have difficulty using them, and 32% face accessibility issues. Indeed, they cannot control some devices due to the lack of adaptation to their disability.
REMOTE WORK AS ACCELERATOR OF INCLUSION
In recent months, especially with the onset of the pandemic, remote work has become one of the alternatives chosen by a large number of companies.
For this reason, and for the preparation of this report, the Adecco Foundation wanted to know what people with disabilities think about teleworking.
In this case, those who be physically handicapped prefer to work remotely (70% of respondents), as well as people with mental disabilities (46%).
To a lesser extent, people with sensory disabilities (46%) and intellectual disabilities (25%) prefer to work remotely. However, if all types of disability are taken into account, 46% of people I prefer remote workcompared to 34% who would choose face-to-face work.
Only 20% choose a combination of two formulas, that is, a hybrid mode of operation, which was introduced in many companies after the pandemic.