Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life and Disability – Field Initiated Research Project
For everyone, whether a person with a disability or not, it’s essential to find the proper balance between work and other life domains. This study is one of the first to specifically investigate the work/life experiences and strategies of individuals with disabilities. Findings from this project may help our understanding of how to help individuals with disabilities to find satisfying, sustainable employment and to have longer, more productive careers.
The Work-Life Balance study is providing new knowledge about how people with disabilities effectively manage work-life negotiations, what employer policies and practices contribute to positive balance for these workers, and best practices employers and disability service providers can engage in to help individuals with disabilities to find and retain employment.
The first phase of the study included a survey that was distributed to approximately 650,000 individuals with disabilities. The survey sought to identify workplace components, such as social inclusion and provision of reasonable accommodations that contribute to positive experiences for people with disabilities.
The project is currently in its second phase which consists of conducting virtual focus groups that will provide qualitative information and help the Yang-Tan Institute research team better understand the data collected through the survey.
Once compiled and analyzed, findings from the project will be shared with the public via webinars targeted to the business and disability communities.
The American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network.