EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS OF TELECOMMUTING PROJECTS INVOLVING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. INTERIM REPORT

Telecommuting projects, besides being established for transportation objectives, may enable employers to accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants, or existing employees. This project identified telecommuting projects initiated to provide accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those established prior to the passage of ADA to serve the employment needs of employees with disabilities, and those created to reemploy employees on workers' compensation. Principal findings were: (1) Telecommuting involving persons with disabilities has been extensive, yet data are scarce and unsystematically collected; (2) Projects usually have not been started because of the ADA; and (3) Most telecommuting involving persons with disabilities has occurred primarily because of efforts by specialized, private, non-profit organizations to train and place individuals. Telecommuting for persons with disabilities appears to be on the verge of a major expansion if appropriate safeguards are established to prevent disabled employees from being segregated from other employees. This research will be of most use to human resource professionals and those in the disabled community seeking methods of enhancing the employment of individuals with disabilities. The cases identified in the report can be used as potential telecommuting prototypes for future, larger projects.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Supported by a grant from the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, Energy Office.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research, 3208 Red River Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78705

    Southwest Region University Transportation Center

    Texas A&M University
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Authors:
    • Jarrett, J E
  • Publication Date: 1994-4

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00664250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SWUTC/93/60018-2
  • Contract Numbers: 0079
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1994 12:00AM