Teleworking and the "Disability Divide"

Title: Teleworking and the "Disability Divide"
Format: Chapter
Publication Date: 2011
Published In: Global Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Publisher IGI Global

Much of the discourse on the digital divide focuses on issues of information disparity and accessibility, frequently in socioeconomic terms. This perspective overlooks an important aspect of the digital divide, the lack of access and missed opportunities faced by persons with disabilities, referred to here as the “disability divide.” Barriers to access and knowledgeable use of information and communication technology (ICT) represent more than simple exclusion from information to encompass social segregation and devaluation. At its most insidious, barriers to ICTs limit full community engagement in employment activities. This chapter examines the ramification of the impact of digital divide on the nature of employment and participation in the workplace, using ICT to conduct telework, and explores challenges to social policy with respect to ‘reasonable’ accommodations. In the absence of practices, structures, and policies targeting the distributive work environment, telework is much less likely to close the digital divide for persons with a disability. This suggests the need to explore and develop potential policy options to close the disability divide.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Bricout, J. C., Ward, A. C.

Bricout, J. C., Baker, P.M.A., Ward, A. C., & Moon, N.W. (2011). Teleworking and the disability divide. In International Management Association, USA (Ed.), Global Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications: Vol. 4. (pp. 2112-2134).

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  • Center for Advanced Communications Policy