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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  • Lauren Cowled
    signed 2015-08-30 19:24:48 +1000
  • Lorraine Mills
    signed via 2015-08-30 18:01:31 +1000
  • timothy orton
    signed 2015-08-30 17:25:13 +1000
    we can work don,t think we can,t
  • Patti Lusk
    signed via 2015-08-30 11:30:56 +1000
  • Kathy Walker
    signed 2015-08-30 10:58:00 +1000
    Everyone has the right to follow their passion and find their purpose in life and if this means obtaining employment that is meaningful to them then the opportunities should be there for all.

    Everyone has a unique talent to bring to their chosen workplace. Sometimes it may take a little modifying of the tasks and a little assistance but the benefits outweigh any modifications that may be needed.

    A smile on the face of an employee is the best promotion a business can have.


    Cheers Kathy Walker (coordinator ‘Loud and Clear Qld’)
  • Lina Aggett
    signed 2015-08-30 07:26:22 +1000
    When will the actual carers/parents be involved in this discussion and resolution. There can be no satisfactory solution unless the people at the coal face ( mostly parents) are involved.
  • Tracey Camilleri
    signed via 2015-08-28 22:04:30 +1000
  • Bert Burless
    signed via 2015-08-28 19:58:30 +1000
    My little brother is a joy to have in a workplace… mostly. Just like everyone else.
  • Lisa Lange
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    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Lisa Lange
    signed 2015-08-28 19:10:44 +1000
    Yes! Many people with disabilities would benefit immensely from the feeling of self worth that only comes from a feeling of purpose- just do it!
  • Miles Roston
    signed via 2015-08-28 18:58:07 +1000
  • Karen Wickham
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-28 17:55:13 +1000
    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Karen Wickham
    signed 2015-08-28 17:54:31 +1000
  • Chrissie Burke
    signed via 2015-08-28 17:34:11 +1000
    Our public schools prepare young people with intellectual disabilities very well for the post school transition to work, yet there are so few avenues for their actual real world employment. I support any considered measures which offer real employment options to young people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Melinda Hogan
    signed via 2015-08-28 17:06:54 +1000
  • Paige Sammut
    signed via 2015-08-28 16:48:51 +1000
    Richard is one of my friends and I must say that he is a great guy and great friend to have he is a great generous polite cEing person that cares for people
  • Anthea karseboom
    signed via 2015-08-28 16:45:37 +1000
  • Mary Beatty
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  • John Campbell
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  • Charmaine Hinchliffe
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  • Jeremy Ralph
    signed 2015-08-28 15:12:43 +1000
  • Benny Thomas
    signed 2015-08-28 15:05:27 +1000
    My son has been working in a local pub for three years and the difference it has made it his life is remarkable, he is no longer unsure about himself but a confident young man with lovely work mates and a totally inclusive environment. Employment is to be encouraged as it is a benefit to everyone.
  • Ian Arnold
    signed 2015-08-28 14:30:04 +1000
  • Amanda Foster
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  • Troy Smith
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  • Sue Jarrad
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