Benefit Packages for Employees with Children with Disabilities
Jessica Glenbocki

Benefit Packages for Employees with Children with Disabilities

Benefit Packages for Employees with Children with Disabilities
Jessica Glenbocki

Benefit Packages for Employees with Children with Disabilities

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Benefits packages need to address the challenges can be monumental for working parents of a child with disabilities. Many employers are providing their employees with assistance to support families’ needs. However, each employer determines what services they can and cannot offer. Larger companies often have the resources small businesses do not have for these services. Yet, the personal aspect of working for a smaller company may mean that the employee can discuss their needs directly with the owner to facilitate a positive outcome.

Employers today understand that to acquire and retain quality employees, they need to differentiate themselves from other companies by adding programs such as Vitalxchange to their benefits packages. Employers should recognize the increased stress and financial hardship of their employees who care for a child with a disability.  They should provide helpful resources can significantly impact the lives of those who work for them.

So, how can employers help their employees whose children have disabilities?


Including EAPs in Benefits Package

Companies that provide EAPs in their benefits packages make it possible for the employee to do their job.  Employee can utilize professionals in the field find necessary solutions. Instead of the employee spending hours on the phone and internet, the program handles their tasks. For example, providing access to digital platforms like Vitalxchange or referrals for childcare, help with homework, tutoring, emotional support, disability resources, and more.

Flexible Schedules

Many companies today support families by offering employees a chance to set their own hours. Flexible working hours are highly beneficial for a parent who must deal with doctor visits and therapeutic appointments.

Increase in PTO as a Part of Benefit Package

Some companies increase funds for family, medical, maternal, and paternal leave, while others address the situation on a case-by-case basis. Another option to support families is allowing employees to “donate” a day of their paid time off to help a co-worker.

Flexible Spending Accounts

FSAs allow employees to place pretax dollars in accounts that help cover childcare and healthcare expenses. Using these accounts for family support services such as those provided by Vitalxchange can be beneficial for a parent caring for a child with a disability.

On-Site/Subsidized Care as a part of Benefit Package

Some companies include in their employee benefits packages in-house aid (wellness centers to daycare facilities); some even offer on-site care for children with disabilities. This allows parents to work with the knowledge that their children are well cared for and nearby.  Many companies today offer family support subsidies for childcare, whether on-site or off-site, at childcare centers.

The more resources an employer can provide to parents of children with disabilities, the more productive that employee can be.

About the Author

I am an occupational therapist with 12 years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the field for a number of years, I obtained my certification in sensory integration. I currently work with school-based children in a virtual setting, focusing on fine motor, visual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. I am also pursuing my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Shawnee State University’s on-line program. My pediatric experience includes working with children of all ages in various settings such as hospital based out-patient clinic, private out-patient clinic, early intervention, and school-based; brick and mortar and virtual schools. It is my hope to help educate and provide you with the tools to allow your child to reach their greatest potential. Treatment approaches focus on play and client/child centered interventions. My passion is helping children and families live their lives to the fullest!

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