ERIC Number: ED410699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Needs of Individuals with HIV/AIDS.
Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; Fesko, Sheila Lynch
Research to Practice, Jun 1997
This report summarizes the employment experiences of 103 individuals with HIV/AIDS in the context of the existing service delivery system. Seventy-four individuals with HIV/AIDS completed surveys about their employment-related experiences. In addition, five focus groups were conducted throughout Massachusetts with 29 individuals with HIV/AIDS. Sixty-eight percent of study participants were unemployed. Individuals with HIV/AIDS described employment as a central source of well-being and dignity. Among work-related obstacles and concerns were a fear of losing Social Security benefits (if working) and a fear of discrimination. Unemployed individuals wanted to return to work but felt that existing AIDS or state agencies were not meeting their job training and placement needs. Employed individuals were concerned that requested job accommodations (such as schedule modifications) were often not granted. Respondents reported using personal supports such as friends or family before professional resources. Specific recommendations and suggested resources are offered to individuals with HIV/AIDS concerning Social Security benefits, employment rights, health insurance, and vocational rehabilitation services. (DB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adults, Agencies, Delivery Systems, Diseases, Employee Attitudes, Employment Experience, Focus Groups, Health Insurance, Job Placement, Social Support Groups, Special Health Problems, Surveys, Vocational Rehabilitation
Institute for Community Inclusion, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security