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Autism and the right to a hypersensitivity-friendly workspace


de Vries, Bouke (2021). Autism and the right to a hypersensitivity-friendly workspace. Public Health Ethics, 14(3):281-287.

Abstract

Many individuals on the autism spectrum are hypersensitive to certain sensory stimuli. For this group, as well as for non-autistic individuals with sensory processing disorders, being exposed to e.g. fluorescent lights, perfume odours, and various sounds and noises can be real torment. In this article, I consider the normative implications of such offence for the design of office spaces, which is a topic that has not received any attention from philosophers. After identifying different ways in which the senses of hypersensitive workers might be protected within these spaces, I show that many of such accommodations can be made at reasonable cost, before arguing that doing so ought to be a legal requirement.

Abstract

Many individuals on the autism spectrum are hypersensitive to certain sensory stimuli. For this group, as well as for non-autistic individuals with sensory processing disorders, being exposed to e.g. fluorescent lights, perfume odours, and various sounds and noises can be real torment. In this article, I consider the normative implications of such offence for the design of office spaces, which is a topic that has not received any attention from philosophers. After identifying different ways in which the senses of hypersensitive workers might be protected within these spaces, I show that many of such accommodations can be made at reasonable cost, before arguing that doing so ought to be a legal requirement.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Issues, ethics and legal aspects
Language:English
Date:9 December 2021
Deposited On:21 Dec 2021 10:06
Last Modified:27 May 2024 01:46
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1754-9973
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phab021
Related URLs:https://academic.oup.com/phe/issue (Publisher)
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