Many employers still hold the view that disability is a limitation that is ongoing
and more-or-less permanent. This may not be the case for those living with episodic disabilities who experience periods of good health between periods of limitations or illness. In addition, these periods of wellness and disability are unpredictable. As a consequence, a person may need workplace accommodations from an inclusive and disability-confident employer.
Using the IDEAL Framework of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Leading to belonging, this training invites participants to develop a greater understanding of episodic disability through dialogue, reflection, and awareness building.
This 2-hour Zoom workshop is designed for the workplace to provide an overview of episodic disabilities, information that promotes inclusion, best practices for becoming disability-confident employers, and an opportunity to hear from someone with lived experience of working with an episodic disability.
- About Episodic Disabilities and the impact these conditions may have on people’s lives
- Common workplace accommodation requests by people living with episodic disabilities
- How employers can be inclusive of employees with episodic disabilities
- Resources available to support your employees and become more disability-confident
Realize is a leader in education, research and advocacy and we examine and address the range of complex barriers to inclusion that are faced by people living with episodic disabilities. As the secretariat for the Episodic Disabilities Forum, we bring individuals together from multiple disability communities and organizations to work on these shared issues.
For more information, please reach out to Melissa Egan, National Lead Episodic Disabilities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the final report of the Realize project titled ‘REVAMPED’, Workplaces REcognizing the VAlue of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities funded by the Opportunities Fund of Employment and Social Development Canada.
The REVAMPED Project Objectives were targeted:
1. To increase awareness of episodic disabilities among employers;
2. To increase the understanding of employers of the challenges related to working and
living with episodic disabilities;
3. To increase the capacity of employers to respond effectively to the challenges facing
people living with episodic disabilities;
4. To increase access to information and networking opportunities for small, medium and
large employers on leading practices in accommodating employees living with episodic
disabilities in the workplace; and
5. To increase the capacity of people living with episodic disabilities to communicate
effectively about their lived experience.
Project Report; Realize 2021
The Pandemic Pandora’s Box report analyzes the combined findings of two informal, community-driven surveys shared openly online in February 2021. The first asked adults working or seeking work in Canada about their experiences with Long COVID, while the second asked Canadian employers about their comfort level and preparedness to provide workplace accommodations to COVID-19 long-haulers. Up to 1 in 3 people who contract COVID-19 – regardless of the severity of their acute infection – risk facing Long COVID. Long COVID refers to a multitude of fluctuating, debilitating symptoms that may affect all organ systems and for many cause impairments which last for months.
Discussion Paper; September 2018; Author: Realize