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Arranging for personal assistance services and assistive technology at work. A report of the rehabilitation research and training center on personal assistance services.

Authors
  • Stoddard, Susan
  • Kraus, Lewis
Type
Published Article
Journal
Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
1
Issue
1-2
Pages
89–95
Identifiers
PMID: 19256171
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Requirements for personal assistance accommodations focus on task-related needs. Personal care needs at work are not included in the Americans with Disabilities act but may be needed by the employee. Employers and PAS users have developed many creative ways to address PAS need. Organizations can construct an approach that fits the needs, abilities, and constraints of each organization. The interview respondents have identified a number of practices that are succeeding, including establishment of policies for arranging for PAS; centralization of accommodation budgets to remove work unit disincentives; and providing a shared personal assistant for interpreting or for task-related and personal care tasks. A number of important research questions remain. What is the extent of the need for PAS in the workplace? Will an expanded PAS supply increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities? Will better models of workplace PAS be adopted by employers?

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