- The Benefits of Inclusion: Disability and Work in the 21st Century; Special issue call for papers from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion guest edited by Emile Tompa, Dan Samosh and Alecia Santuzzi. This special issue is focused on innovative, international research that contributes to the conceptualization and application of inclusion and accessibility, with a focus on the public policy and workplace systems levels. All contributions will be double-blind peer-reviewed before consideration for publication and submissions from a diversity of research perspectives that use different methods (e.g., conceptual, qualitative, and quantitative) are welcome. Deadline to submit manuscripts has been extended to June 1, 2020. Fore more information, visit Equality, Diversity and Inclusion website.
- Report from CRWDP Seed Grant project “Work disability programs in Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick: Mapping eligibility criteria and identifying barriers for the employment of selected disability populations” was recently updated. The report is authored by Stephen Bornstein (Nominated PI), Kathy Hawkins (Co-PI), Barbara Neis, Rose Ricciardelli, Emily Christy, Susan Tobin (Co-Investigators), and Aleksandra Stefanovic-Chafe (Researcher). In this study, provincial work disability policies and relevant provincial programs were explored and compared in order to identify red flags for employment for people with disabilities. Specifically, work disability supports for people, and especially youth, who identify as having mental health issues and/or being diagnosed with autism, their experience in accessing support programs, and the challenges in successfully participating in the local labour market is examined in this research. Key insights from the report:
- Information about the programs and supports for outlining pathways to meaningful employment and income is difficult to find, access and/or understand.
- Employment, or the lack there of, is often seen as separate from addressing the essential, life-preserving issues, such as homelessness or food security, and is considered a secondary problem.
- The eligibility criteria for existing employment support programs does not offer the flexibility necessary for the self-disclosed, episodic, and unpredictable nature of some mental health conditions. The expected program outcomes are often rigid and not articulated in a meaningful way.
- Outcome measurements for many employment support programs focus on getting a job and finding a job. Positive outcomes in finding employment then guarantee future funding for these programs. However, it is believed that individuals with complex needs would be better served if the measured outcomes were focused on individual growth and potential. Revising the framework for evaluating the validity of these employment interventions may maximize the conditions for individual success.
- Valuable research on work disability policies and employment of people with disabilities in NL and NB is lacking.
- Check the articles recently published by CRWDP members:
- Samosh D. The three-legged stool: synthesizing and extending our understanding of the career advancement facilitators of persons with disabilities in leadership positions. Business & Society. 2020; [epub ahead of print]. In this article Dan Samosh examines the career advancement facilitators of persons with disabilities via the insights of 21 leaders with disabilities. Findings point to the role of strong and weak ties in developing leaders’ career self-management strategies as well as their access to core stakeholder positions. Article abstract and full article (subscription based), is available here.
- Tompa E, Samosh D, and Boucher N. Skills gaps, underemployment, and equity of labour-market opportunities for persons with disabilities in Canada. The Public Policy Forum; The Future Skills Centre; The Diversity Institute; 2020. While people with disabilities can achieve socially integrated, financially independent lives through secure, well-paid employment, they are often trapped in low-skill jobs at high risk of automation. The report underscores the importance of training opportunities that are well aligned with the skills likely to be in high demand in future. Full report is available here.
- Macpherson RA, Amick BC 3rd, Collie A, Hogg-Johnson S, Koehoorn M, Smith PM, McLeod CB. Urban-rural Differences in the Duration of Injury-related Work Disability in Six Canadian Provinces. J Occup Environ Med. 2020 Mar 5. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001850. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract of the article by and full article (subscription based) is available here.
- Choi K, Maas ET, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB. Time to return to work following workplace violence among direct healthcare and social workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2020;77: 160-167. Full article is available here.
- A funding award was recently received by a team lead by Normand Boucher to evaluate a new mechanism of work integration and retention of persons with intellectual disabilities, autism and mental health. The project involves a new partner Regroupement des organismes spécialisés pour l'emploi des personnes handicapées (ROSEPH).
- Boucher N, Milot E, Caouette M, St-Onge M, Regroupement des organismes spécialisés pour l'emploi des personnes handicapées. Le rôle des agents d'intégration auprès de trois populations prioritaires ayant des incapacités : Analyse de nouvelles pratiques de soutien en emploi. Conseil de recherches en sciences humaine, bénéficiaires des subventions d'engagement partenarial – Concours de juin 2019.