Intermittent Work – Employees’ Perspectives on Intermittent Work Capacity: What Can Qualitative Research Tell Us in Ontario? Final Report


Why some people with disabilities who have intermittent work capacity remain working, while others with similar disabilities become discouraged and drop out of the labour force? SRDC recently completed a study that identifies the conditions, support services, and employer practices that facilitate their attachment to the work force. The study focused on the experiences of people with episodic disabilities in Ontario who are not able to work full-time and who have some employment experience.

Evidence was gathered from three complementary components: a literature and document review; key informant interviews and focus groups with people involved in disability and employment, such as policy-makers, service providers, and community advocates and with people with disabilities in several locations across the province; and finally the engagement of disability community-based agencies.

Three major factors are found to play a key role in a person’s likelihood of being successfully employed in the long term: 1) the degree of control persons have over disclosure of their disability, 2) whether or not they still have a job to return to, and 3) whether or not they receive appropriate accommodations in the workplace.