For many, working from home as a result of the pandemic has posed a new set of challenges including virtual meetings getting bombed by children and pets, or juggling deadlines in between doing laundry or the dishes. This Forbes article highlights that for the 40% of U.S. workers with disabilities, it has enabled most to contribute more from home while also opening the door for additional people with disabilities to join the workforce.
Many employers previously hesitated or refused to accommodate employee requests to work from home due to fearing lack of oversight or believing it would bring poor results. The pandemic, however, has proven that the majority of employees can be just as productive or more from home. For people with disabilities, it allows them to add work hours to their days by making it easier for them to dress and eliminating commutes. “Working from a home office can be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. People can design their work environment to suit their needs and dress in more comfortable clothing.”