Disability studies

Open access:

MacDonald JE, Carter I, Hanes R, Skinner S, McMurphy S. Disability and social work education in the United Kingdom. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 2014. http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/article/view/173/309 [Open Access]


MacEachen E, Du B, Bartel E, Ekberg K, Tompa E, Kosny A, Petricone I, and Stapleton J. Scoping review of work disability policies and programs. International Journal of Disability Management. 2017; 12(e1):1-11. ​https://crwdp.ca/ZZQ

Galer D. [Review essay] Packing disability into the historian’s toolbox: on the merits of labour histories of disability. Labour/Le Travail: Journal of Canadian Labour Studies, 2016, 77: 257-262. http://www.lltjournal.ca/index.php/llt/article/view/5831

Loisel P, Anema J (eds.). Handbook of Work Disability. Springer, 2014. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9781461462132 Book chapters include (but are not limited to):

  • Coutu M-F. et al. The work-disabled patient (pp. 15-29)
  • Tompa E. Measuring the burden of work disability: a review of methods, measurement issues and evidence (pp. 43-58)
  • Loisel, P. et al. The work disability paradigm and its public health implications (pp. 59-67)
  • MacEachen, E. Understanding work disability systems and intervening upstream (pp. 217-228)
  • Durand, M-J. et al. Tools for assessing work disability (pp. 229-251)

Employment of young people with disabilities

Open access:

Provencher Y. Jeunes à l’aide sociale et mesure de formation. Le discours des agents d’aide sociale. Observatoire jeunes et société, 2016, 13(2): 9-11. Click here to access it [Open Access]

Provencher Y, Tremblay-Roy J. L’accompagnement vers l’emploi dans les carrefours jeunesse-emploi : la politique d’insertion à l’épreuve du terrain. Regards sur le travail, 2013, 9(2): 1-14. https://crwdp.ca/ZZ4 [Open Access]


Pilkington B, Singh M, Prescod C, Buettgen A. Inclusive mosaic: Promoting diversity in nursing through youth mentorship. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2013, 10(1): 1-10

Experiences of students with disabilities

Open access:

Markoulakis R, Kirsh B. Difficulties for university students with mental health problems: A critical interpretive synthesis. The Review of Higher Education, 2013, 37(1): 77-100. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/522572/pdf [Open Access]


Bulk L. Disability and disclosure: A student perspective. Occupational Therapy Now, 2015, 17(6): 18-19

Easterbrook A, Bulk L, Ghanouni P, Lee M, Opini B, Roberts E, Parhar G, Jarus T. The legitimization process of students with disabilities in health and human service educational programs in Canada. Disability and Society, 2015, 10(30) : 1505-1520

Kirsh B, Friedland J, Cho S, Gobalasundaranathan N, Orfus S, Salkovitch M, Snider K, Webber C. Experiences of university students living with mental health problems: Interrelations of the self, the social, and the school. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 2015, 53(2): 325-335. doi: 10.3233/WOR-152153

Financial implications of work injury and disability

Open access:

Tompa E. Navigating work disability paradigms and reform in Canada. International Journal of Disability Management, 2014, 9: e13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.13 [Open Access]

Tompa E. The impact of work injury and permanent impairment on the probability of poverty. International Journal of Disability Management, 2014, 9: e22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.22 [Open Access]

Tompa E. Work disability trajectories under three workers’ compensation programs. International Journal of Disability Management, 2014, 9: e60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.61 [Open Access]

Tompa E, Scott-Marshall H. 2013. Work, Well-being and Wealth: The Indirect Cost of Socioeconomic Health Inequalities for Canadian Society. Final Report for the Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada. pp. 1-77. Click here to access it

Tompa E, Scott-Marshall H, Fang M. 2010. Indirect Health Costs by Income Level in Canada: A Methodological Framework for the Estimation of the Indirect Cost of Health Inequalities Associated with Socioeconomic Status. Final Report for the Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada. pp. 1-52. Click here to access it


Lippel K, Eakin J, Holness L, Howse D. The structure and process of workers’ compensation systems and the role of doctors: a comparison of Ontario and Québec. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2016, 59(11): 1070-1086. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/ajim.22651/full

Labour market experiences of persons with disabilities

Open access:

Garcia V, Faleschini S, Porlier S, Boucher N. The meaning and importance attributed to work for visually impaired people of the metropolitan area of Quebec. The Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 2016, 6(2): 1-19. https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir16/jbir060202.html [Open Access]

Small S, de Boer C, Swab M. Perceived barriers to and facilitators of labor market engagement for individuals with chronic physical illness in their experience with disability policy: A systematic review of qualitative evidence protocol. BI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 2015, 13(12): 59-69. https://crwdp.ca/ZZo [Open Access]


Breslin FC, Morgan A, Jetha A, and Smith P. Examining occupational health and safety vulnerability among Canadian workers with disabilities. Disability & Rehabilitation. 2017; [epub ahead of print]. Click here to access the abstract

Gewurtz R, Cott C, Rush B, & Kirsh B. How is unemployment among people with mental illness conceptualized within social policy? A case study of the Ontario Disability Support Program, 2015. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. 51(1): 121-133. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24594541

Gewurtz R, Langan S, & Shand D. Hiring people with disabilities: A scoping review. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 2016, 54(1):135-148. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/26967030/ [Open Access]

Illman S, Spence S, O’Campo P, Kirsh B. Exploring the occupations of homeless adults living with mental illnesses in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2013, 80(4): 215-223. DOI: 10.1177/0008417413506555

Krupa T, Howell-Moneta A, Lysaght R, Kirsh B. Employer perceptions of the employability of workers in a social business. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2016, 39(2): 120-128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000181

Oldfield M, MacEachen E, Kirsh B, MacNeill M. Impromptu everyday disclosure dances: how women with fibromyalgia respond to disclosure risks at work. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2016, 38(15): 1442-1453. 10.3109/09638288.2015.1103794

Oldfield M, MacEachen E, Kirsh B, and MacNeill M. Helping employees with fibromyalgia manage their reputations through disclosure dances. OOHNA Journal. 2017; (Spring/Summer)28-33.

Oldfield M, MacEachen E, MacNeill M, and Kirsh B. 'You want to show you're a valuable employee': a critical discourse analysis of multi-perspective portrayals of employed women with fibromyalgia. Chronic Illness. 2017; [epub ahead of print]. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28661193

Padkapayeva K, Posen A, Yazdani A, Buettgen A, Mahood Q, Tompa E. Workplace accommodations for persons with physical disabilities: Evidence synthesis of the peer-reviewed literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2016. https://crwdp.ca/ZZJ

Stergiou-Kita M, Pritlove C, van Eerd D, Holness L, Kirsh B, Duncan A, Jones J. The provision of workplace accommodations following cancer: survivor, provider, and employer perspectives. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2016, 10(3): 489-504. 10.1007/s11764-015-0492-5

Return to work

Open access:

Horppu R, Martimo KP, Viikari-Juntura E, Lallukka T, MacEachen E. Occupational physicians' reasoning about recommending early return to work with work modifications. PLOS One, 2016,11(1): e0158588. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0158588 [Open Access]


Bilodeau K, Tremblay D, Durand MJ. Exploration of return-to-wok interventions for breast cancer patient a scoping review. Support Care Cancer, 2017. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00520-016-3526-2

Choudhary S, Viner S, Kirsh B. How do occupational therapists assess work readiness among mental health consumers? 2015. OT in Mental Health. 31(3): 266-282. http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0164212X.2015.1046102

Colantonio A, Salehi S, Kristman V, Cassidy JD, Carter A, Vartanian O, Bayley M, Kirsh B, Hebert D, Lewko J, Kubrak O, Mantis S, Vernich L. Return to work after work-related traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 2016, 39: 389–399. doi:10.3233/NRE-161370.

Corbiere M, Negrini A, Durand MJ, St-Arnaud L, Briand C, Fassier JB. Development of the return-to-work obstacles and self-efficacy scale (ROSES) and validation with workers suffering from a common mental disorder or musculoskeletal disorder. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27562583

Dunstan D, Mortelmans K, Tjulin A, MacEachen E. The role of co-workers in the return-to-work process. International Journal of Disability Management, 2015, 10(e2): 1-7. https://crwdp.ca/ZZ3

Dunstan D, MacEachen E. Workplace managers’ view of the role of co-workers in work reintegration. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2016, 38 (23): 2324-3. https://crwdp.ca/ZZU

Durand MJ, Corbière M, Coutu MF, Reinharz D, Albert V. A review of best work-absence management and return-to-work practices for workers with musculoskeletal or common mental disorders. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 2014, 48(4), 579-589, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24990281

Durand MJ, Coutu MF, Nastasia I, Bernier M. Practices of return-to-work coordinators working in large organizations. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2016, 27(1): 137-147. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27071626

Kosny A, Newnam S, Collie A. Family matters: compensable injury and the effect on family. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1283450

Mansfield E, Stergiou-Kita M, Cassidy JD, Bayley M, Mantis S, Kristman V, Kirsh B, Gomez M, Jeschke M, Vartanian O, Moody J, Colantonio A. Return to work challenges following a work-related mild TBI: The injured worker perspective. Brain Injury, 2015, 29(11): 1362-1369. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1053524

Saunders SL, MacEachen E, Nedelec B. Understanding and building upon effort to return to work by the long-term work disabled and unemployed. Work, 2015, 52(1): 103-114. http://content.iospress.com/articles/work/wor1977

Seing I, MacEachen E, Ekberg K, Stahl C. Return to work or job transition? Employer dilemmas in taking social responsibility for return to work in local workplace practice. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2014, 37(19): 1760-1769. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25355548

Seing I, MacEachen E, Stahl C, Ekberg C. Early-return-to-work in the context of an intensification of working life and changing employment relationships. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2015, 25(1): 74-85. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24920449

Stergiou-Kita M, Mansfield E, Bayley M, Cassidy D, Colantonio A, Gomez M, Jeschke M, Kirsh B, Kristman V, Moody J, Vartanian O. Returning to work following electrical injuries: Workers' perspectives and advice to others. Journal of Burn Care Research, 2014, 35(6): 498-507. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000041

Social assistance and employment support

Open access:

Adele Furrie Consulting Inc.: Labour Market and Income Support Programs in Canada for Persons with Disabilities (2nd Edition) July 2011. crwdp.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/labour_market_programs.pdf [Open Access]

Provencher Y, Turcotte D. L’aide à l’insertion professionnelle des personnes inscrites à l’assistance sociale au Québec : Tendances de la participation à la mesure de formation de la main d’œuvre 2005-2011. Service Social, 2015, 60(2): 53-70. http://www.erudit.org/en/journals/ss/2014-v60-n2-n2/1027990ar/ [Open Access]

Provencher Y, Lépine R, Ivers H. Participation des personnes assistées sociales à la mesure de formation de la main d'oeuvre: caractéristiques et résultats de fin de participation. Revue canadienne de politique sociale, 2016, 74(40-81). http://corpus.ulaval.ca/jspui/handle/20.500.11794/9728 [Open Access]


Galer D. I make 40 cents an hour. What do you make? Labour Militancy at CNIB Sheltered Workshops, 1966-1984. Left History, 2016, 19(2): 61-78

Gewurtz R, Cott C, Rush B, Kirsh B. The shift to rapid job placement for people living with mental illness: An analysis of consequences. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2013, 35(6): 428-34. doi: 10.1037/h0094575

Gewurtz R, Rush B, Cott C, Kirsh B. How does outcome-based funding affect service delivery? An analysis of consequences within employment services for people living mental illnesses. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 2015, 42(1): 19-28. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0534-8

Kirsh B. Client, contextual and program elements influencing supported employment: A literature review. Community Mental Health Journal, 2016, 52(7): 809-820. 10.1007/s10597-015-9936-7

Towards the culture of inclusion

Open access:

Breen JS. The exoskeleton generation - disability redux. Disability & Society, 2015, 15(3): 348-361. https://crwdp.ca/ZZw [Open Access]

Bulk L. Attitudinal impacts on employment of persons with disabilities: A brief review of literature. Health Professional Student Journal, 2015, 1(1). http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/hpsj/article/view/187761 [Open Access]

Stefanovic-Chafe A. Disability and Civic Engagement in Newfoundland and Labrador. Chapter 45 in "The Democracy Cookbook". https://crwdp.ca/ZZW [Open Access]

Stuart H, Chen S, Christie R, Dobson K, Kirsh B, Knaak S, Koller M, Krupa T, Lauria-Horner B, Luong D, Modgill G, Patten S, Pietrus M, Whitley R, Szeto A. Opening  minds in Canada: Background and rationale. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2014, 59 (10 Suppl 1): S8-S12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4213755/ [Open Access]

Stuart H, Chen S, Christie R, Dobson K, Kirsh B, Knaak S, Koller M, Krupa T, Lauria-Horner B, Luong D, Modgill G, Patten S, Pietrus M, Whitley R, Szeto A. Opening minds in Canada: Targeting change. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2014, 59 (10 Suppl 1): S13-18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4213747/ [Open Access]

Waxman D. Employing persons with disabilities: A model of successful corporate culture change. Report prepared for Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI), November 24, 2015. Click here to access report summary. Click here to access the full report.


Fougeyrollas F, Boucher N, Charrier F. Un modele a l'epreuve du temps: le point sur le Modèle de développement humain et du Processus de production du handicap (MDH-PPH 2). Revue CNRIS, 2016, 8(1): 6-13


Waxman D, (2017), Model of Successful Corporate Culture Change Integrating Employees with Disabilities, in Barbara M. Altman (ed.) Factors in Studying Employment for Persons with Disability (Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 10) Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017, pp.155 - 180. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S1479-354720170000010007

Work disability prevention

Open access:

Sylvain C, Durand MJ, Maillette P, Lamothe L. How do general practitioners contribute to preventing long-term work disability of their patients suffering from depressive disorders? A qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 2016, 17(1):71. https://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-016-0459-2 [Open Access]

Williams-Whitt K, White MI, Wagner SL, Schultz IZ, Koehn C, Dionne CE, Koehoorn M, Harder HG, Pasca R, Warje O, Hsu V, McGuire L, Schulz W, Kube D, Hook A, Wright MD. Job demands and control interventions: a stakeholder-centered best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews on workplace disability. International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2015, 6(2): 61-78. http://www.theijoem.com/ijoem/index.php/ijoem/article/view/553 [Open Access]


Fassier JB, Durand MJ, Caillard JF, Roquelaure Y, Loisel P. Results of a feasibility study: barriers and facilitators in implementing the Sherbrooke model in France. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 2015, 41 (3), 223-233. http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=3489&fullText=1#box-fullText

Gaudreault N, Maillette P, Coutu MF, Durand MJ, Hagemeister N, Hébert L. Work disability among workers with osteoarthritis of the knee: risks factors, assessment scales and interventions. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2014, 37(4), 290-296. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25221848

Labrecque ME, Coutu MF, Durand MJ, Fassier JB, Loisel P. Using cartoon to transfer knowledge concerning the principles of work disability prevention among stakeholders. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2016, 26(2):141-149. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26149618

Ståhl K, MacEachen E, Lippel K. Ethical perspectives in work disability prevention and return to work: toward a common vocabulary for analyzing stakeholders' actions and interactions. Journal of Business Ethics, 2014, 120(2): 237-250. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-013-1661-y

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