ACED - Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities

A research partnership to support the sustained employment of people with intermittent, chronic health conditions

Issue 2 — May 2020



Work, episodic conditions and COVID-19: A message from the ACED partnership

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised new concerns for people who are working with chronic episodic disabilities. A message from the ACED partnership points out the importance of workplace parties understanding that people with episodic disabilities may be at greater risk if they are exposed to co-workers or the public in their work role. To help all employees during the pandemic, especially those most vulnerable, workplace parties should consider how they can communicate about, and make available, the supports employees need to remain safe throughout the pandemic.

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ACED partners offer COVID-19 resources

ACED has compiled a listing of partner organization's COVID-19-related resources aimed at informing and offering guidance to individuals with episodic conditions, as well as those who support them.

Go to the resource page



Article explores COVID-19 and essential workers with underlying health conditions

In the planning of health and safety responses to COVID-19 and the ultimate reopening of workplaces, employers should be aware of the unique needs of workers with underlying health conditions. Dr. Arif Jetha, a member of the ACED research team, talked about this issue in an article recently published by Conversation Canada.

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Two new tools available on managing arthritis and work

Not everyone with an episodic disability like arthritis needs support at work, but getting the right support can make a difference to work satisfaction and productivity. The Arthritis Society recently added two new tools—developed in collaboration with the ACED partnership—to its collection of resources on managing arthritis and work. The tools are designed to help people consider whether to disclose a condition at work and to plan a conversation about workplace needs as they relate to arthritis.

Go to the list of ACED partner tools



ACED PhD student awarded three-year graduate scholarship

Gemma Woticky, a research assistant with the ACED project, has received a three-year Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to continue her studies. Woticky is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Under the supervision of ACED’s project lead, Dr. Monique Gignac, Woticky is studying the lived experiences of employees with a disability and their co-workers to understand communication and behavioural strategies, as well as workplace cultures, related to disability support and accommodation at work.

Learn more about the ACED project team



For more information about the study, contact:

Julie Bowring
Project Coordinator
Institute for Work & Health
416.927.2027, ext. 2105


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