Questions and Answers About Telecommuting for Persons with Disabilities: A Guide for Employers

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This guide is for human resource staffs and supervisors in private and public organizations on issues related to telecommuting by employees with disabilities. The guide is based mainly on a national mail survey conducted in early 1995 of approximately 500 employers. Additional information for the guide came from telephone interviews, reviews of materials submitted by corporations and by departments of federal, state, and local governments, and analysis of prior telecommuting studies.

About 160 employers had responded at the time this guide was being written. Responses came from all types of employers: some employers did not track if persons with disabilities were among their organization's telecommuters; some employers did not have telecommuting employees with disabilities; and some employers did have telecommuting employees with disabilities.

The purpose of this guide is to present key issues involved with employees and potential employees with disabilities who are or may wish to begin telecommuting. Telecommuting in this guide means working at least one day each week at home or an alternative work location near home. The guide addresses issues from an employer's perspective. A companion guide addresses related issues from an employee's perspective. Both guides were prepared in a question-and-answer format for ease of communication.