182231 Workplace personal assistance services: Its present and its future

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 8:30 AM

Lewis Kraus, MPH, MCP , Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
Lita Jans, PhD , InfoUse, Berkeley, CA
Joan Ripple , InfoUse, Berkeley, CA
Workplace personal assistance services (Workplace PAS) include task-related assistance at work, such as readers, interpreters, help with lifting or reaching, re-assignment of non-essential duties to co-workers, and other help related to performing work tasks and may include personal care-related assistance such as helping someone with eating, drinking, or getting to the restroom while at work.

This session will summarize the results of interviews with 36 employers, 19 employment services professionals, and 58 employed people with disabilities about use of workplace PAS, as well as extensive review of PAS policies and other literature. Findings to be presented include the history of workplace PAS, how it functions in the workplace today, and directions for the future. Results include data on who pays for workplace PAS, how much it costs, how it is arranged, and findings on unpaid versus paid PAS. Looking to the future, the presentation summarizes what employers, employment services professionals and employed people with disabilities believe is necessary for a successful workplace PAS, and what are promising practices for the future.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how workplace PAS is structured in the workplace Describe the arrangements of PAS in the workplace Identify promising practices in PAS in the workplace Articulate the history of PAS in the workplace and its future

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Project director for the study
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.