Telework and the Disabled (Latin America)

Large-scale diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have opened up many opportunities for people with disabilities, such as building solidarity, pursuing employment and achieving independent living. However, many people with disabilities face multiple barriers to accessing ICTs, including lack of skills required to use or keep pace with advances in them.

This project will explore the significance of ICTs as equalizers of abilities. Researchers will analyze the socio-labour situation and profile of people with disabilities in nine Latin American countries and assess whether capacity building in ICTs and telework constitute an alternative for bringing them into the labour force. The study will include both macro (quantitative) and micro (qualitative) data for a holistic vision of the situation. The researchers will also endeavor to detect whether and how existing norms and regulations for the inclusion of the disabled in the workforce are being enforced in each country.

The recommendations flowing from the research will be directed to stakeholders involved in the social and labour inclusion of disabled persons.

Project ID

104417

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

End Date

Monday, August 31, 2009

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Petrazzini, Ben

Total funding

CA$ 232,846

Countries

Argentina, South America, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, North and Central America, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Sonia Boiarov

Project Leader

Sonia Boiarov

Institution

USUARIA - Asociación Argentina Usuarios de la Informática

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.usuaria.org.ar