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Citation:  Bricout, J.C. (2004). Using telework to enhance return to work outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injuries. NeuroRehabilitation, 19 (2), 147-159.
Title:  Using telework to enhance return to work outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injuries
Authors:  Bricout, J.C.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  NeuroRehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Literature review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) face significant challenges towards obtaining and maintaining employment following the injury. Challenges include but are not limited to physical limitations, accessibility, employer bias, and transportation issues. Due to this employment rates among individuals living with a SCI remain low. Telework is an accommodation for workers with disabilities and can mitigate many of these challenges.
Purpose:  This paper presents a discussion on implementation of telework for individuals with SCI.
Findings:  Telework is already a prevalent option to traditional on-site office work. In individuals with SCI it can remove mobility limitations, reduce employer bias, and offer more flexible supports than office work. Concerns about startup costs, supervision, and security have limited implementation of telework programs. Startup costs can partially be mitigated by state vocational rehabilitation programs however. Further, incentives must be provided to the teleworking employees.
Conclusions:  Telework is a great way to mitigate many of the barriers to post SCI employment. Both employee and employer must take the appropriate steps in order to implement it in an efficient way.

Disabilities served:  Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Interventions:  Accommodations