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DIEP RESEARCH BRIEF: Telework After COVID: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers with Disabilities

Authors: Giuseppe Pagano, Nanette Goodman, and Pam Williamson.

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Key Findings

  • For workers with disabilities, options for remote work can foster financial stability.
  • Workers with disabilities are more likely to work in blue-collar jobs less conducive to telework. These jobs are often lower paying and more unstable.
  • Rates of remote work are highest for people with mobility impairments, difficulty with self-care, and difficulty going outside alone.
  • During the Pandemic, workers with disabilities were more likely to lose their jobs, less likely to receive pay while out of work, and more likely to have difficulty accessing medical care.
  • Workers with disabilities seem to have more telework opportunities in tight labor markets.

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