Employment Support for People with Intellectual Disability that Works

We know people with intellectual disability,

1. want to work,

2. can work when they get the right support, and

3. are hired by employers when this meets the mutual needs of the business and the individual.

Yet only 8% of people with intellectual disability are employed in the open workforce.

There are two major barriers that have to be addressed.

— The low expectations of people with intellectual disability to work in the open workforce.

— The lack of skilled transition-to-work and open employment support for this group across Australia.

An increase in employment outcomes will be achieved if individuals and families can choose support based on best practice for people with intellectual disability.

— A new employment support system should build on what is achieving good employment outcomes for people with intellectual disability.

— A market-based approach should provide individuals, families, and employers with genuine choice informed by published provider outcomes by disability.

— Any changes should not unintentionally harm services performing well in the current employment support system.

The expected ‘dovetailing’ of Disability Employment Services (DES) and the NDIS provides an historic opportunity to achieve substantial savings while delivering improved employment outcomes.

Best practice transition-to-work and open employment support can provide significant savings as alternative programs for people with intellectual disability (i.e. day programs & supported employment) are more expensive.

Inclusion Australia proposes the following key elements of a new pathway of employment support.

1. A presumption that people with intellectual disability have the capacity to work in the open workforce when provided with skilled support.

2. A national system of;

— transition-to-work support for people with intellectual disability based on what works as part of the NDIS, that works seamlessly with,

— open employment support based on what works as part of DES for NDIS clients with intellectual disability.

These elements if based on best practice can provide employment support from school to work for more youth with intellectual disability to choose work and successfully participate in the open workforce.

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  • Jordan Kinniburgh
    signed 2016-08-22 13:20:09 +1000
    great cause!

    I was born with Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability but have recently read Look Me in The Eye which has uncovered a passion with working with individuals who have an intellectual disability.


    would love to know if there is anything I can do to do in assistance?


    if so,


    email me at jki@aimementoring.com
  • Gaelen Williams
    signed 2016-07-20 15:17:45 +1000
  • Demica Mitchell
    signed 2016-06-16 13:00:04 +1000
  • Rachael Grabham
    signed 2016-05-21 19:20:04 +1000
  • Jonty Macdonald
    signed 2016-02-07 22:37:40 +1100
  • Gail Simpkins
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-13 16:47:06 +1100
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  • Gail Simpkins
    signed 2016-01-13 16:43:57 +1100
  • Judith Storey
    signed 2015-12-27 11:26:32 +1100
  • Tahli Hind
    signed 2015-12-18 10:54:20 +1100
  • Holly Robinson
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  • Holly Robinson
    signed 2015-12-17 20:42:07 +1100
  • Emmanuel Ndayambaje
    signed 2015-12-07 21:36:36 +1100
    People with intellectual disability can do right things if they get good support.
  • Barry Eadie
    signed 2015-12-05 11:31:24 +1100
  • Cicely Bonnin
    signed 2015-12-03 21:00:29 +1100
    The dignity of work is for all.
  • Katena Janis
    signed 2015-12-02 10:01:25 +1100
    People with intellectual disabilities can achieve just like the rest of us in the community….so long as they are given a chance, have the appropriate support and are given some opportunities.
  • Wendy Chandler
    signed 2015-11-27 10:45:12 +1100
    It makes me proud to see my friend Paul getting the recognition for a job he takes great pride in and there should be more of it
  • Patricia Stewardson
    signed 2015-11-25 21:00:37 +1100
    Great idea!
  • Lilian Ghosh
    signed 2015-11-24 20:04:52 +1100
  • Stephen Pole
    signed via 2015-11-24 18:57:21 +1100
  • Steven Paull
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  • Steven Paull
    @bigdogsupport tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-24 17:24:47 +1100
  • Steven Paull
    signed 2015-11-24 17:23:01 +1100
    Support those employers who choose to be inclusive…
  • Jackie Bourne
    signed 2015-11-17 09:57:06 +1100
    There also needs to be awareness and education about work related injury’s that may happen with People with Disability’s. Especially when and if their Employer’s insurance company rejects their claim for workers compensation, because the employee’s injury isn’t work related??? How I know all this, is that it has happened to me. I have lost my job as a result and had to have a operation as a result last year.
  • Patrick Moran
    signed 2015-11-16 16:20:10 +1100
  • Ian Boyd
    signed 2015-11-15 12:16:24 +1100
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  • Lisa Clements
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-12 22:58:02 +1100
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  • Lisa Clements
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