Questions and Answers about Telecommuting for Persons with Disabilities: A Guide for People with Disabilities

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This guide is for persons with disabilities who want more information about telecommuting. Telecommuting is the practice of working at home or at a satellite office site instead of at a central office work site. Most individuals who telecommute do so one or more days a week and not every day. Some telecommuters with disabilities, however, do work full-time or nearly full-time in their homes.

The guide is based mainly on a national mail survey of approximately 500 employers conducted in early 1995. 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 information that employees and potential employees with disabilities who may wish to begin telecommuting should consider. A companion guide addresses related issues from an employer’s perspective. Both guides were prepared in a question-and-answer format for ease of communication.