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(Compiled from Telework Listserve)
(1) A short-term goal of increasing access to technology for individuals with disabilities through alternative financing mechanisms that are used to purchase computers and other equipment, including adaptive equipment, so that individuals with disabilities can telework from home or other remote sites.
(2) A long-term goal of increasing employment opportunities and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Providing a Telework loan to an individual with a disability so that he or she can purchase equipment in order to participate in training designed to place him or her into telework or to gain employment as a result of that training would support the long-term goal of increasing employment opportunities and competitive employment outcomes. Therefore, an applicant who is participating in training designed to place him or her into telework and needs equipment to participate in that training or to gain employment as a result of that training can qualify for a Telework loan, and a State may choose to develop and implement its administrative policies and procedures accordingly. Please note that a State with a policy allowing Telework loans to individuals who do not have a guaranteed telework opportunity must ensure that the equipment being purchased and training being provided is directly related to enabling the individual to telework, as would apply to any Telework program.
In general, a Telework program has the discretion to determine whether it will provide loans to individuals with disabilities who are not currently employed or lack a commitment from an employer. If a Telework program chooses to do so, it needs to justify sufficiently its choice to provide a loan by ensuring that the individual will use the equipment to:
Please note in (a) above, an individual with a disability who is self-employed (or plans to be self-employed) may receive a Telework loan, but that individual must operate his or her business from home on at least a part-time basis. The equipment purchased must be used to support the work that is done from home.
Scenario #1: A Telework program may directly provide consumer counseling to an applicant who has not yet been approved for a loan. This consumer counseling would be paid for as part of the administrative cost of operating the Telework program. This would also apply if the Telework program was not providing the service directly, but instead was providing payment to another entity to provide consumer counseling.
Scenario #2: A Telework program may directly provide consumer counseling to an applicant who has been approved for, or has received, a loan. Some Telework programs may choose to add the cost of consumer counseling to this loan or build the cost into any loan processing fees. If the consumer counseling is not paid for as part of the loan, it would be an administrative cost of operating the Telework program. This also would apply if the Telework program was not providing the service directly, but instead was providing payment to another entity to provide consumer counseling.
"For the purpose of the purposes of the proposed Telework priority, the term 'telework' encompasses work that can be performed effectively from home or from other remote sites away from the office, such as work on the road or at a telework center."
To be a telework center, the site of the telework center must be in a location that is remote from the employer's main site. Different kinds of telework centers exist, including centers that are established and used exclusively for a particular employer or that are used by multiple employers who rent space at the center. However, the following are not telework centers:
Within the above limitations, a Telework program has the discretion to determine whether or not an applicant will be conducting telework from an appropriate telework center.
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