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Workplace accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic: A scoping review of the impacts and implications for people with disabilities.
Fuentes, Kristina; Lindsay, Sally.
  • Fuentes K; Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Lindsay S; Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Work ; 2022 Oct 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2099077
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread changes in the way people work. Some of these changes represent the same kinds of work modifications or adjustments that have often been requested as workplace accommodations, and which may improve labour market and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this scoping review was to examine the literature on workplace accommodations in the pandemic and their impacts and implications for people with disabilities.

METHODS:

Following a search of six international databases, articles were selected by two reviewers, and data were abstracted in accordance with scoping review methodology. A thematic analysis was used to report the relevant findings.

RESULTS:

Thirty-seven articles met the inclusion criteria, and three main themes were identified positive impacts of pandemic-related workplace accommodations on people with disabilities (e.g., improved accessibility, reduced stigma around workplace accommodations, rapid implementation of workplace accommodations, opportunities for advocacy); negative impacts (e.g., worsened physical and mental health, new accommodation needs); and action needed and recommendations (e.g., revisit legislation and policy on accommodations, ensure representation of people with disabilities). Overall, our review identified a mixed assessment of the impacts of pandemic-related accommodations on people with disabilities. However, there was a broader consensus regarding the importance of learning from the experiences of the pandemic to improve workplace accommodation policies in the future.

CONCLUSIONS:

The pandemic may present opportunities for improving workplace accommodation policies, but our review also highlights the need for more research examining how workplace changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted people with disabilities.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Qualitative research / Reviews Language: English Journal subject: Occupational Medicine Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: WOR-220129

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Qualitative research / Reviews Language: English Journal subject: Occupational Medicine Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: WOR-220129