In addition to the individual's circumstances, systems and social processes that were not designed with them in mind also contribute to the development of disability. More aggressive inclusion initiatives are needed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, according to a recent study.
A team led by Siobhán Mattison of the University of New Mexico conducted this study and showed that, according to Mattison, the COVID-19 response can be made quickly if priority is given. In addition, the adoption of remote work has increased some people's access to employment. The inclusion strategy developed by Mattison's team is based on three elements: flexibility, convenience, and changes.
Flexibility means allowing people to work in a variety of ways, like having a mixed workforce, recognizing the fact that people's needs differ greatly.
“Changes” indicates that job obligations need to be changed from time to time when flexibility and facilities are insufficient, such as the inclusion of summer school in teaching qualifications, while “conveniences” refers to changes aimed at increasing accessibility, such as building facilities with ramps.
According to Mattison of Physics World, “one of the most important things institutions can do upfront is to allocate resources to promote the recruitment and retention of academics with disabilities.” “It is very important to hold listening sessions to assess needs and priorities so that funds are used in a way that is guided by people with first-hand experience with disability.”
Such efforts will likely yield significant advantages in the long run. After all, many people will experience disability at some point in their lives, as the advent of long-term COVID has pointed out.
Co-author Logan Gin of Brown University highlights the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Gin argues that “researchers are able to choose the topics raised and addressed and determine what is appropriate for their field.”
Günceleme: 25/12/2022 12:59