Occupational Impact

Beyond my front door: the occupational and social participation of adults with spinal cord injury.

This study investigated how individuals in the community 1 to 5 years after spinal cord injury characterized their occupational and social participation, life satisfaction, and aspects of their occupational therapy that influenced their participation. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews were conducted with 11 individuals referred by occupational therapists who specialize in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and/or are […]

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Disability and employment among U.S. working-age immigrants.

BACKGROUND: There is little research which examines disability status and the employment decisions of the US immigrant working-age population. METHODS: The 2007 American Community Survey data were analyzed to compare disabilities and employment characteristics between immigrant and US-born adults 18-64 years of age. Separate logistic regression models of employment were constructed among persons with disabilities […]

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Stuck at the bottom rung: occupational characteristics of workers with disabilities.

INTRODUCTION: The proportion of workers reporting disabilities varies tremendously across occupations. Although differences in the occupational distributions may partly explain the large disparities in earnings and job security between workers with and without disabilities, little is known about the reasons that workers with disabilities are underrepresented in certain occupations and overrepresented in others. METHODS: Using […]

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Intersectoral action to employ individuals with mental illness: lessons learned from a local development initiative.

BACKGROUND: Intersectoral action is now widely recognized as an effective approach to addressing the social determinants of health. In particular, collaboration between different sectors of the community has been recommended as a strategy for developing employment opportunities for persons diagnosed with mental illness. However, there is limited evidence on the actual implementation of intersectoral action […]

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Minority Research: Workplace Support

An exploration of social support as a factor in the return-to-work process. Lysaght RM, Larmour-Trode S.  Queen’s University, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. lysaght@post.queensu.ca Work. 2008;30(3):255-66. Despite evidence that inter-personal relationships are important in human resource management, little is understood about the nature of workplace social support in a disability context, or what […]

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Including employees with disabilities in emergency evacuation plans: 9/11’s effect on the demand for information.

Interest in emergency evacuation planning has increased since the September 11 terrorist attacks (9/11). In turn, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) started receiving more questions about how to include employees with disabilities in such plans. JAN case data on the emergency evacuation of people with disabilities were reviewed. Case data from the four years prior […]

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Disabilities and impairments: strategies for workplace integration.

This article argues that disabilities are, within many of the U.S. debates, best understood as certain kinds of impairment affecting a person’s capabilities to perform socially defined roles and functions within specific environments. We also argue that it is not the impairments per se that lead to claims about what we ought to do or […]

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