Low expectations about the work capacity of individuals with intellectual disability is a major barrier to improving employment outcomes. We cannot, however, raise expectations in the absence of skilled support as this will only set individuals up to fail.
Evidence shows that the most effective impact on changing attitudes is the demonstration of evidence based employment support together with parent-to-parent sharing of successful experiences with employment.
Expectations can be changed through the availability of skilled transition-to-work and open employment. This demonstrates to individuals, families and employers as to what is possible and encourages the choice to seek employment.