Best Practices


The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) recently published a handbook, Best Practices in the Home-Based Employment of People with Disabilities, based on a study that examined the opportunities, challenges and risks that persons with disabilities may experience when they do paid employment at home. This handbook provides practical advice for workers with disabilities who work or want to work at home. It also offers best practices and other suggestions for employers, organizations of persons with disabilities, unions, policymakers, other researchers, and agencies that provide job search and other employment supports to persons with disabilities.

The key findings of the study outline what home-based workers with disabilities identified as benefits and challenges of working at home. Participants in the study reported advantages, including flexibility to work when they felt most productive, and better access to attendant services or pain management strategies. Challenges related to working at home ranged from setting up the arrangement to communication, maintaining boundaries between their work and family/personal lives, and technical support.

In their conclusion to the report, the authors suggest, “Despite the lengthy list of challenges, most of the participants in this study liked working at home. Some who described significant challenges indicated that they would prefer to continue working at home even if their employers were willing to accommodate them in the workplace. Nevertheless, home-based work is not a broad solution to the employment problems of persons with disabilities in Canada or anywhere else. Working at home may be an effective way of accommodating disability, but it is not a substitute for accommodations in traditional workplaces.”

The study and the handbook were made possible by a grant from the Workers’ Compensation Board of Manitoba’s Community Initiatives and Research Program, with additional funding provided by the Public Service Commission of Canada and Human Resources Development Canada. The handbook and research findings are available by contacting CCDS or checking the website at, clicking on the “Research” link and going to “Completed Projects.”


CCDS is starting a new study of the school-to-work transition experiences of post-secondary students with disabilities. If you’re a student with disabilities who is graduating from university or college this spring, CCDS would like to talk to you. Our contact information is listed below. This study is funded by the Office for Disability Issues of Human Resources Development Canada.


The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Research Committee invites proposal submissions to its Small Grants Program. The program provides funding for community-based, disability-related research, up to a maximum of $5,000 per proposal (subject to budgetary approval). The application deadline is March 31, 2002. For information on how to apply, contact: Small Grants Program, Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, 56 The Promenade, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 3H9, or e-mail


We have a new Internet address. The CCDS website can now be found at Just the address has changed; it’s still the same informative site with cutting-edge disability research information.


Canadian Centre on Disability Studies
56 The Promenade
Winnipeg MB R3B 3H9
Phone: (204) 287-8411
TTY: (204) 475-6223
Fax: (204) 284-5343


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