Home-Based Telework: Past, Present and Future

Richard Salnick, Roseanna Runsa, and Amy Nicole Dye

Expediter Corporation, a leader in providing effective return to work solutions for 15 years, has developed customized programs that enable individuals with disabilities and work-related injuries nationwide to be productively employed. Expediter has worked with Virginia Commonwealth University on several federally funded research programs to improve and grow home-based telework opportunities. They will share their experiences including successes as well as challenges and discuss their vision for the future of home-based telework for individuals with disabilities. Included will be techniques for mentoring and coaching as well as advances in accommodations.

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Amy Nicole Dye Presentation: Slides 1-8
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Richard Salnick earned a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and began his professional career as an engineer. Over his thirty-year career he advanced into senior level management positions including chief operating officer for a Pittsburgh based firm. In April of 2003 he and his wife acquired Expediter Corporation and they have worked to improve and grow employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Areas of concentration include developing and enhancing techniques for mentoring and coaching home-based employees, staying current with the state of the art in accommodations for people with disabilities, and customizing programs to meet the needs of referred individuals as well as client companies.

Roseanna Runsa started her professional career in the Information Technology industry. Over her twenty-year career she worked as a technical resource for many Fortune 500 companies nationwide. She has worked as a Marketing and Sales Director for both technology and management consulting firms. In April of 2003 she and her husband acquired Expediter Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based return to work company that provides job opportunities nationwide. Together, they have strengthened existing programs by partnering and collaborating with employers, vocational rehabilitation professionals and medical professionals to ensure the most effective home-based employment programs for people with disabilities. Expediter is very proud to participate with Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Labor in a research program which will grow telework opportunities within government agencies for employees with disabilities.

Amy Nicole Dye is a Research Administrator at The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently working on a grant funded by the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) involving teleworking and persons with disabilities. Research activities include a survey of teleworkers with disabilities regarding their satisfaction with earnings, benefits, supports, and career options. She is also a graduate student working towards a PhD in Urban Services Leadership.Before coming to VCU, Amy was employed at the University of Arizona as a Research Specialist. Her research focused on a smoking cessation grant through The Network for Information & Counseling Unit. While at the University of Arizona, she obtained her Masterís Degree in Epidemiology and Statistics. Beyond her academic goals, Amy has served over 10 years in the Army Reserves, traveled around the world as a soldier, trained in several different fields, and plans to continue to serve.

Presentation from the 'Workplace Accommodations: State of the Science' conference, September 15-16, 2005, Atlanta, GA