The Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention

Edited by Ellen MacEachen

The rising cost of illness and disability benefits are one of today’s biggest social and labour market challenges. The promise of activation-oriented work disability policies was labour market engagement for all people, regardless of illness, injury or impairment. However, the reality has been more complex.

The Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention addresses social and political economic contexts driving state work disability reform in 13 countries. In this first attempt to explain the history and future of work disability policy, this book asks new questions about work disability policy design, focus, and effects. It details how work disability policies have evolved with jurisdictions, why these take their current shape, and where they are heading. The well positioned authors draw on their insider knowledge and expertise in law, medicine, and social science to provide detailed case studies of their jurisdictions.

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Work Disability in Canada: Portraits of a System

By Dustin Galer

Developed within and funded by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy.

Work Disability in Canada: Portraits of a System aims to start a discussion—not just where we’re going, but where we’ve been. The book uses the power of personal narratives to educate and enlighten readers about people with disabilities in relation to experiences of living, working, employing and advocating for change. Readers will learn about the trials and tribulations of people struggling to find and maintain paid employment in the face of lifelong illness or other health issues. You will meet people working to create a systemic change from within and outside the system. You will meet advocates and employers finding creative solutions to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities. Individually and together, these “portraits” reveal the fragmentary nature of the work disability “system” in Canada.

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