Looking at Disability Holistically: A White Paper from Aetna

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Aetna White Paper

Exploring the Capacity for Work

In a recent white paper, Disability and the Disabled Mindset: The Human Costs and the Opportunity, Aetna raised the question of whether the terms “disability” and “disabled” do more harm than good — particularly in light of evidence that the “disabled” label strips individuals of the purpose provided by intentional work. The document included suggestions for supporting individuals inclined to rejoin their colleagues in the working world.

This white paper discusses some of the steps Aetna is taking in that regard and explores the human costs of the disability epidemic while considering opportunities to redefine the meaning of “disabled.”