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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  • Lindie Brengman
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-24 11:14:21 +1000
    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Lindie Brengman
    signed 2015-08-24 11:13:56 +1000
  • miriam taylor
    signed 2015-08-23 15:09:05 +1000
  • Nicole Smith
    signed via 2015-08-22 13:24:37 +1000
  • Russell Baker
    signed via 2015-08-22 11:39:28 +1000
    Everyone wins when people gain meaningful employment.
  • Jenny Cousins
    signed via 2015-08-22 09:59:21 +1000
  • Anne O'Brien
    signed via 2015-08-21 21:29:09 +1000
  • Linda Taneja
    signed via 2015-08-21 21:05:31 +1000
  • Kim Melville
    signed via 2015-08-21 21:04:32 +1000
  • Melissa Borel
    signed via 2015-08-21 20:55:08 +1000
  • Jodie sykes
    signed via 2015-08-21 20:40:24 +1000
  • sheree Blundell
    signed via 2015-08-21 20:32:24 +1000
  • Emma Tweedie
    signed via 2015-08-21 19:28:46 +1000
  • Kerrie Burke
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    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • kerrie burke
    signed via 2015-08-21 19:08:40 +1000
  • Linda Monaghan
    signed via 2015-08-21 19:02:14 +1000
  • Chloe Moreau
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-08-21 15:54:40 +1000
    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Chloe Moreau
    signed 2015-08-21 15:53:27 +1000
  • Janet Etchells
    signed 2015-08-21 11:06:59 +1000
    Just give people a good ole Australian FAIR GO
  • Rebecca Robjant
    signed via 2015-08-20 17:00:51 +1000
    I’m bec and I have triple x syndrome . I’ll so support this and happy to sign because I know what it’s like not to have the right support . Iv always wanted to work but living in gippsland Victoria Australia was hard no one there wanted to give me a chance there with work or trying to study in childcare . Unitl I moved away to porthedland wa in 2008 at age 20 had ever had a job but that all changed I got a job with in only in a week at Coles in south hedland but quite that job and only after 2 days quiting job at Coles I got a job at woolworths port hedland and worked there for 2years with a little help from a job net work called hedland personal they where great and very friendly people but in 2010 I had to move back to gippsland victoria due to rent being to costly. I tried to transfer but they said I was not accepted so I was unemployed once again no one wanted to give me a chance. But then in 2013 I move to Melbourne and I joined another job net work and they helped me with getting work experience at a child care center in Springvale vic to see if I could handle it and the staff from the centre where very happy with how I worked and mixed with the kids after placement finished I final got the chance I always wanted to study in child care I never gave up on what I wanted even tho it took 16years to try and do the course. I proved all wrong who ever said that because of my disability I couldn’t handle doing a child care course I’am now quilified in certificate 3 children servies :) but I still struggle to now even get a job in a childcare centre . So for now I joined another job net Work called wise employment and they are fantastic they helped me get a job with woolworths In mentone and I’m happy to say Iv been working there for almost 1 year now .
  • Steven May
    signed 2015-08-20 16:06:31 +1000
  • Christine Mulholland
    signed 2015-08-20 10:40:43 +1000
  • Lisa Barrowcliff
    signed 2015-08-20 09:55:26 +1000
  • Poornima Menon
    signed 2015-08-20 06:14:55 +1000
    I teach students with intellectual disabilities and would like to see each one of them contributing to the growth of the Australian society. And I am confident that with the right support and opportunities they can.
  • Megan Gillespie
    signed 2015-08-19 19:45:10 +1000
  • Anna Exley
    signed 2015-08-19 18:45:00 +1000
    Safe transport needs to be included in this support to open employment
  • Karyn Buckle
    signed 2015-08-19 17:58:59 +1000
  • Jose de Sousa
    signed 2015-08-19 17:12:42 +1000
  • Karen Connaughton
    signed 2015-08-19 16:12:23 +1000
    The current Disability Employment Service is not at all person-centered and needs a total overhaul. My son is a valued employee who is paid an age appropriate wage thanks to the progressive and inclusive views of the employer. However Disability Employment Service had not been active in finding this position. Their view was that my son was not suitable for open employment. In addition it is a tragedy that once a person with a disability finds employment there is no support to help the individual obtain additional employment or new employment. Very few people want to be in the one job their entire life and this should be reflected in the services provided into the future.
  • Sarah Wardle
    signed 2015-08-19 11:21:48 +1000
    We can do it.