Description: Despite increasing recognition for the need to investigate resources pertaining to the employment of persons with disabilities, little is known about international practices on the use of financial incentives to promote or retain employment for persons with disabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of an ongoing environmental scan that is looking to identify international practices of financial incentives directed at the promotion, hiring, and maintenance of employment for persons with disabilities. We will situate these practices and incentives within economic and contextual factors that facilitate, limit, or affect their use.
Presentation Outcomes: By the end of this presentation, we will: broadly define financial incentives; list financial incentives being used in a subset of countries outside of Canada; describe and discuss contextual factors for financial incentive use in the context of employment for people with disabilities.
Audience Feedback: We encourage listeners to provide their experiences or knowledge of financial incentives being used in other countries and welcome directions for the next stages of this research.
Bio: Team members on this project include: Emma Irvin, Rebecca Gewurtz, Emile Tompa, Dan Samosh and Heather Johnston.
About the presenter: Heather Johnston is a Research Analyst working with the Institute for Work and Health and PhD Candidate at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. Her research interests call upon biomechanics, human factors/ergonomics, and health psychology for an interdisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach to understanding workplace injuries and disability.