People often worry that their job will disappear in the future due to Artificial Intelligence. However, there is at least one group on the labor market for whom it can provide employment. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2023 the number of working people with disabilities will triple through Artificial Intelligence. AI and other growing technologies ensure that there are fewer obstacles and that the workplace becomes more accessible to this group.
“People with disabilities are an unused source of critical and gifted talent,” says Daryl Plummer, Vice President and head of research at Gartner. In the Netherlands alone, 1 in 10 people has a moderate to severe disability and more than 300,000 people are unable to work. This can be anything; a motor or sensory disability, but also a cognitive disability can ensure that someone is disabled for work and cannot participate in the labor market.
According to the research and consultancy firm, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality together with other emerging technologies make work increasingly accessible for people with disabilities. An example that is mentioned is a select number of restaurants that are already working on AI robotics pilots, where employees with paralysis can control the robots remotely.
In addition to being a positive development for people with disabilities, companies are also benefiting from the possibilities. By involving people with disabilities, an organization not only creates goodwill within the community, it also has 89% less staff turnover, 72% increase in employee productivity and 29% increase in profit. From this you can therefore conclude that it is positive for people with disabilities and for companies, but certainly also for the economy and society. There are many people who want to work, but they cannot because of their disability and limited accessibility in the workplace. According to the research, this will change within a few years.