Episodic Disabilities, Workplace Accommodation and Return to Work: What Employers Need to Know

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Many employers still hold the view that disability is a limitation that is ongoing and  more or less permanent. This may not be the case for those who experience periods of good health between periods of limitations or illness. In addition, these periods of wellness and disability are unpredictable. As a consequence, a person may move in and out of the labour force in an unpredictable manner.

Realize is a leader in research and advocacy where we examine and address the range of complex barriers to inclusion that are faced by people living with episodic disabilities. As the secretariat for the Episodic Disabilities Forum, we bring individuals together from multiple disability communities and organizations to work on these shared issues. 

You will learn: 

  • What are Episodic Disabilities and what impact do they have on people’s lives? 
  • How employers can accommodate employees with episodic disabilities
  • Tools and resources available to support return-to-work 
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Melissa Egan

Coordinator, Episodic Disability Initiatives, Realize
Melissa Egan is the Coordinator of Episodic Disability Initiatives at Realize and has worked in the field of health and HIV for over 15 years as an educator and facilitator. Melissa’s experience includes front-line work at YouthCO, a peer-led agency working to reduce the impact of stigma related to HIV and Hep C. She spent eight years as Regional Educator for the Prairies with CATIE, an organization that works to strengthen Canada’s response to HIV and hepatitis C by bridging research and practice. Using her training in curriculum development and adult education, she also helped to created online learning courses about HIV and Hepatitis C Basics and Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV, along with webinars on Pregnancy and HIV and The Realities of Young People Living with HIV in Canada. She has worked extensively with marginalized, LGBTQ, and Indigenous people developing and delivering workshops across Canada.

Partially Funded by:

British Columbia
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.
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