To build a new national disability employment framework for people with intellectual disability we need to ensure that people with intellectual disability have access to providers who have the skill to achieve high rates of employment outcomes.
To achieve this we propose a long term plan which aims to;
- expand the coverage of transition-to-work and open employment providers that have evidence of positive employment outcomes
- replicate evidence based practice through the provision of training and technical assistance to develop a skilled market of providers
Improved employment outcomes and value for support dollars will only be achieved if a new framework of employment is directed towards support that has evidence of achieving employment outcomes.
Many individuals with intellectual disability currently have little expectation of gaining a job in the open labour market and most do not have access to skilled transition-to-work and open employment support.
The principle of ‘choice and control’ requires a new national disability employment framework able to deliver skilled evidence based support.
In the absence of expectations and skilled support in all labour market areas of Australia, the choices of many people with intellectual disability are limited.
A long term plan is required to expand and replicate skilled support throughout all labour market regions so that individuals with intellectual disability and their families have the choice to pursue a pathway of support from school to work in the open labour market.