Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management, and addresses how to design, implement, and market an effective disability management program.
Topics include: the importance of joint labour-management endorsement, a supportive infrastructure, the legal and ethical aspects, disability management practice standards, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, features of a gradual return-to-work program, program evaluation techniques, disability management best practices, prevention of workplace illness and injury, program marketing, role of an employee assistance program, and worker education and training.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of the concept of disability management.
- Be able to identify the components of a disability management program.
- Utilize disability management information to analyze case studies.
- Gain an appreciation of the disability insurance plans and how they impact a disability management program.
- Develop an ability to use some basic disability management practices.
- Research a related element/aspect of disability management.
- Develop an appreciation of the impact that disability can have on the worker, employer, and organization.
- Understand how to effectively communicate the fundamentals of disability management to stakeholders.
Formerly: BMC 237. (Students may not take both courses for credit.)