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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  • Allyson Johns
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  • Rosemary Luke
    signed 2015-07-15 16:00:59 +1000
    My biggest concern, as the mother of an adult with an intellectual disability, is that so-called disability employment service providers exist only to tick boxes and receive consequent government funding; they do not try to get to know the individual, his or her strengths and abilities, and work with employers to create jobs that match the person. I acknowledge that their job is made harder because of the small number of employers who are willing to engage people with disabilities and make necessary accommodations for them. We require more of both groups.
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  • Richard Bruggemann
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    Scott Morrison rightly wants work to be the income source of all Australians if they are able to work. This should include people with intellectual disabilities many of whom can and want to work.Work is a key component of being included in our society and it is important that people with intellectual disabilities have opportunities to participate fully.
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  • Suzanne Campbell
    signed 2015-07-09 17:30:13 +1000
    My son has an intellectual disability and employment has always been a challenge. Employers do not always understand that what makes sense to others will never make sense to him and where he can do repetitive tasks abstract situations baffle him completely.
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