ERIC Number: ED437780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Labour Force Inclusion of Parents Caring for Children with Disabilities.
Roeher Inst., North York (Ontario).
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that sought to identify the particular problems Canadian parents caring for children with disabilities face in trying to make the transition to work in terms of their child care arrangements and employment-related factors, and best practices in child care arrangements and employment accommodations. Thirty families were involved in the study through individual interviews and focus groups in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Findings indicate there are major roadblocks to labor force participation of parents of children with disabilities. While there is a need for additional investment in accessible child care, there is also a need for greater awareness on the part of employers. Flexibility in hours and location of work, recognition of particular needs in benefits packages, and awareness on the part of managers and co-workers was found to be essential. The study also identified a number of factors in the broader policy environment that limit the supports that families need, such as increasing regionalization of services, an ongoing policy bias in favor of institutional supports, disincentives to enter the paid labor force because of inadequate home supports, cutbacks to child care programs, and labor standards legislation. (Contains 59 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Day Care, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Employer Employee Relationship, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Infants, Interviews, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Labor Standards, Labor Utilization, Public Policy, Toddlers, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Human Resource Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Roeher Inst., North York (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada