Journal article

Beyond the pandemic: the role of the built environment in supporting people with disabilities work life

A Martel, K Day, MA Jackson, S Kaushik

International Journal of Architectural Research Archnet-IJAR | Emerald | Published : 2021

Abstract

PurposeThe COVID-19 pandemic has engendered changes in previously unimaginable timeframes, leading to new ways of working, which can quickly become the “ordinary” way of working. Many traditional workplace and educational practices and environments, however, are disadvantageous to people with disability and consequently are under-represented in the workforce and higher education.Design/methodology/approachContributing factors include exclusionary societal and employer attitudes and inaccessible built environments including lack of attention to paths of travel, amenities, acoustics, lighting and temperature. Social exclusion resulting from lack of access to meaningful work is also problematic..

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