Research Participation Opportunity: Organizational Factors Associated with Effective Disability Management Programs

Data from national and international sources* continues to demonstrate that people with a disability have uncertain and inconsistent experiences in being accommodated to return to work. In addition, disabled candidates are proven to be under-represented at each stage of the hiring process and these combined employment barriers mean that they experience disproportionate levels of poverty. Even with accommodation legislation coming into place in numerous parts of the world, the actual, consistent practice of supporting a disabled worker in returning to the workforce has become a high stakes lottery; with some employers committed to robust Disability Management programs, while others continue to look the other way.

The National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) has commissioned a research study to help understand the factors that either promote or inhibit successful and effective disability management programs within organizations.

Research Team:
Prof. Kara A. Arnold; Memorial University, Canada
Prof. Lorne Sulsky; Memorial University, Canada
With support from:
Graham Halsey, Director, Well Working Matters, UK
Prof. Lode Godderis, University of Leuven, Belgium
Craig Gosse, MD, FRCPC, Canada

CSPDM Participation:

Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMPs) and Certified Return to Work Coordinators (CRTWCs)  bring a unique perspective to this research; they have firsthand experience of employer understanding, commitment and execution of Disability Management programs and can assess how important different organizational factors are in ensuring successful Disability Management programs.

This is an opportunity to contribute to research which will be shared with the provincial and federal governments, who are supportive of NIDMAR’s work and seeking to better understand the changes needed, in both legislation and organizational practice, in order to ensure better outcomes for ill and injured workers. In December 2021 we hosted small focus group, led by Kara Arnold and Lorne Sulsky. Those who did not participate in the focus group are now invited to share their input through an online survey.

Summary of Key Details:

  • In December 2021 the research team hosted a series of small focus groups to gather information from DM professionals who are experienced in the field.
  • Now, any CDMPs and CRTWCs who DID NOT join a focus group are invited to add their input via an online survey.
  • The survey will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete and has been approved for 1 CEC hour.
  • The closing date for your submitting your response is: February 25, 2022
  • A CEC confirmation will be emailed within a week after the survey closes – this will be provided for anyone who completes the full survey.

Survey Link

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This research was made possible thanks to funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.