NISE Fellow Hari Srinivasan Posts Op-Ed in Fortune on the Importance of Remote Work in the Disabled Community
This week, Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Fellow Hari Srinivasan published an article in Fortune entitled: “Flexible work critics are using the same arguments that were used against disabled ramps and closed captioning. Equity of access should never be optional.”
In the piece, Hari discusses the arguments now being made to roll back remote work options developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, arguing that the reasons given for the roll-back are similar to those made for other accessibility accommodations in the past. Hari points out the irony that remote work was often seen as impossible before the pandemic, but overnight became feasible: “Pre-pandemic, we had been told that it was not possible or not financially viable. Yet these models ironically became “convenient” and “financially viable” overnight when the non-disabled world needed them.”
He details the importance of remote work options (including hybrid conferences) for disabled and neurodiverse individuals.
The article, in its entirety, can be found here.