Workplace Supports and Job Retention

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention created this Guide to Personal Assistance in the Workplace. This guide outlines information on extending the role of the personal assistant into the workplace.

The strategies emphasize the primary role and responsibility of the person who utilizes these services to hire, train, guide, and supervise the personal assistant. The strategies also involve accurate assessments of the need for personal assistance services at the workplace, careful consideration of the employers critical involvement in planning for these services, access to needed funding, and consideration of resources such as assistive technology to help with needed workplace supports. 

It is accepted that a personal assistant can help an individual live with independence at home and move with freedom about the community. Why then should there be any doubt that a personal assistant can help that same person with a significant disability earn a living wage and be more productive in the work place? The answer to this question is simple: the personal assistant can work just as effectively in the workplace as elsewhere in the community.

Filed under: ADA in the Workplace,