Company Characteristics, Disability Inclusion Practices, and Employment of People with Disabilities in the Post COVID-19 Job Economy: A Cross Sectional Survey Study

Fong Chan, Timothy N Tansey, Kanako Iwanaga, Jill Bezyak, Paul Wehman, Brian N Phillips, David R Strauser, Catherine Anderson

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Abstract

Purpose In the post coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recession economy, rehabilitation counselors, transition specialists, and other disability service providers must redouble their efforts to connect with employers to create employment opportunities for people with physical and mental impairments. The purpose of the present study was to investigate company characteristics and effective disability inclusion practices that are related to employment of people with disabilities. Methods Four hundred sixty-six employers completed a demographic questionnaire and the Disability Inclusion Profiler. Results Results indicated company characteristics and disability practices were positively related to employment of people with disabilities. Conclusions Findings of the present study can be used by transition specialists, rehabilitation counselors, and other disability service providers to engage and connect with employers to increase employment opportunity for people with disabilities in the post COVID-19 economy. Future research and practice implications are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Early online dateNov 2 2020
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Nov 2 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Recession
  • Inclusion
  • Employment
  • Diversity
  • Disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation

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