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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  • Nick Avery
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-09 20:12:19 +1100
    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Nick Avery
    signed 2015-11-09 20:11:44 +1100
  • Renee Crain
    signed 2015-11-09 18:11:14 +1100
    I have a 16yo daughter with ID whom I hope will gain open employment in the future
  • Lisa Dockery
    signed 2015-11-09 15:58:24 +1100
  • Kim Henneker
    signed 2015-11-09 10:29:05 +1100
  • Rob Proffitt-White
    signed 2015-11-06 22:16:35 +1100
  • Samantha Allen
    signed 2015-11-06 22:07:04 +1100
    I have an intellectual disability, an acquired brain injury, depression, anxiety and I can and am willing to work!
  • Gabrielle Larkin
    signed 2015-11-06 16:55:46 +1100
  • Geoff Dean
    signed 2015-11-06 15:37:48 +1100
    Equal opportunity now please
  • Beth Hawes
    signed 2015-11-06 15:05:29 +1100
  • Cathy Freeman
    signed 2015-11-06 14:02:23 +1100
  • Jessica Kelly
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  • Heather Carney
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  • Heather Carney
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  • Dianne Heitbaum
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  • Karen Rollason
    signed 2015-11-06 10:24:06 +1100
  • Louise Halahan
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  • Amber Holyoake
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  • Michelle Peirce
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  • Sharon Holyoake
    signed 2015-11-04 23:33:09 +1100
  • Andrew Malaquin
    signed 2015-11-04 20:18:20 +1100
  • Peter Stephenson
    signed 2015-11-04 14:51:31 +1100
  • Rebecca Davies
    signed 2015-11-04 14:50:41 +1100
  • Sandra Palmer
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  • Nick Ioannou
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  • Robert Helps
    signed 2015-11-04 14:48:19 +1100
  • Elizabeth Doolan
    signed 2015-11-04 12:59:27 +1100
  • Cathryn Coles
    signed 2015-11-04 12:56:44 +1100
    Career counselling and support transitioning into the workplace is essential.
  • Gina Wilson-Burns
    signed 2015-11-04 10:45:28 +1100
    Time to end the limited options and discrimination offered by ADEs. Open employment must be the default.
  • Helen Tossell
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