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Inclusion opportunities, exclusion risks and task changes for peoples with disabilities as a consequence of use of software tools and digital technologies on the example of cooperative and simple tasks

Project number: F 2535 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2025-02-28

Description:

People with disabilities and limitations are working in all occupational sectors. However, the employment rate is still significantly lower than the rate of the overall population. Nevertheless, this is not the only aspect that needs improvement. Humane working designs for people with various disabilities and limitations are another issue that needs to be solved. Software tools and digital technologies open up new opportunities for inclusion, but can also be associated with barriers and both positive and negative task changes.

In this project, the opportunities and risks, as well as task changes associated with the use of technology, will be analysed in fields such as cooperative, knowledge-based and simple activities in industry on the basis of a scoping review and accompanying interviews with experts. Based on the findings of the analysis, a research question will be derived and examined in greater depth using empirical methods. The methodology will hence follow the aim of the study and takes up the idea of method triangulation in order to achieve the greatest possible validity despite existing limitations and challenges (e.g. achieving an appropriate sample size, field access).

Based on projects’ findings, a model will be developed that considers aspects of task-technology fit and identifies the potential support provided by new technologies as well as emerging barriers. In this way, the project aims to contribute to a humane design of work for employees with disabilities.

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