Written with extracts translated from Yahoo! Japan
November 19th 2019
On November 14, US IT advisory firm Gartner announced “an important outlook for 2020 and beyond that will impact IT and users”.
Gartner predicts that in 2023 the employment opportunities for people with disabilities will triple. Opportunities will open not only to people with disabilities, but also to many people who have not been able to work for various reasons.
Says Gartner analyst Darryl Plummer. “Technology is changing the notion of being a human being. As employees and citizens see technology as strengthening their abilities, the way human beings are changing.”
According to a Gartner survey, organizations that actively employ people with disabilities not only get positive feedback from the community, but also increase work retention by 89%, productivity by 72%, and profitability by 29%.
Writing in Yahoo! Japan, Tsukasa Endo, an advisor to Kono Design Asia and an Associate Professor at Imperial University, Japan stated:
“…[I] want to say to all Japanese companies that care about technology. Technology is the only way to save people. And a company should be an organization that works to save people. There are many people in need not only for people with disabilities but also for the rest of the world. Even those who weren’t able to help in the past may be able to help with new technologies. What are you working for without paying attention to that possibility?”