THEME

BARRIER TYPE

ISSUES

STAKEHOLDERS

APPROACHES

OUTCOMES

Telework/ Telecommuting (T)

Access/

Awareness

  • Lack of availability of this type of accommodation; lack of knowledge about this type of accommodation by PWDs[i]

  • Misconception on the part of the employer about actual costs of telework 1

  • Misinformation on the benefits of this kind of accommodation

  • Misconceptions about the effect of telework on the work environment 1

  • Aging/Older populations

  • PWD

  • Employers

  • Develop materials for knowledge dissemination to employers & employees with disabilities regarding telework

  • Provide cases of best practices in telecommuting

  • Educate policy officials about telework issues specific to PWDs

  • Increase the employment numbers of PWD

 

Economic

  • Therefore there is an imbalance in the physical costs vs. possible benefits 1

  • Concern by employers over the costs of implementing telework (technology & other costs)14

  • Concern that telework implementation is more expensive with PWDs (AT & such)

  • PWD

  • Employers

  • Government officials

  • Disability advocates

  • Develop/support community broadband/telecom initiatives14

  • Changes an employer’s perception of telework and PWD

  • Provides a better CBA analysis of telework

[i] Anderson, Jane. (2001). “Telecommuting: Meeting the needs of businesses and employees with disabilities,” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, (16) 2.