The inability to work can create personal financial hardship. However, disabilities aren’t always permanent or severely disruptive. Not all people with disabilities are perceived as permanent cases of disabled persons.
Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and mind and features of the society in which they live. A disability can occur at any time in a person’s life; some people are born with a disability, while others develop a disability later in life. It can be permanent, temporary, or episodic. Disability can steadily worsen, remain the same, or improve. It can be very mild to very severe. It can be the cause, as well as the result, of disease, illness, injury, or substance abuse.
Planning for Accessibility
While some employers may think about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace by hiring people with disabilities, in some cases, the current employees may confront temporary or permanent disabilities that did not exist in the first place. In this case, job owners should develop accessible strategies to keep their workers on the payroll and support them during their recovery stages. An important part of accessibility is planning for all types of real-world users, including those who may experience disabilities for several weeks or months. A patient recovering from cataract surgery may choose to use a screen reader for several weeks, and someone who has surgery in her leg might need accessible ramps for her commute.
Sometimes, Platforms Need to Change!
Temporary and situational disabilities are common, but they’re often left out of the accessibility conversation. Companies may come up with different solutions when one of their employees is dealing with temporary/episodic or permanent disabilities. However, it is better to have a comprehensive overlook of different situations in some cases. For example, it is always good to have a specific parking lot for drivers with wheelchairs because sometimes even pregnant ladies in the office can use these designated areas. Sometimes companies need to modify existing infrastructures to add an extra feature point to their working environment. In this way, people with disabilities, even those with temporary ones, can make sure their workplaces are supportive enough to enable them to go the extra mile.