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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  • Samantha French
    signed 2015-10-12 15:54:39 +1100
    Keep up the great work Inclusion Australia!
  • Brett Ludewig
    signed via 2015-10-12 13:25:57 +1100
  • Andrew Cooper
    signed via 2015-10-12 13:17:15 +1100
  • Fionna Totterdell
    signed via 2015-10-12 13:03:56 +1100
  • Michael Austin
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    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Michael Austin
    signed 2015-10-12 12:52:02 +1100
  • Beverley Peken
    signed 2015-10-11 13:07:08 +1100
    This is must . My son is in supported employment which has saved his and my sanity.
  • Sally Coleman
    signed via 2015-10-11 12:34:04 +1100
  • susan munro
    signed 2015-10-09 17:27:30 +1100
  • Lea Joris
    signed 2015-10-08 09:13:11 +1100
  • Sally McGourty
    signed via 2015-10-06 21:41:00 +1100
  • Ross Patane
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  • Suzanne Hartley
    signed 2015-10-06 10:18:45 +1100
  • Peter Austin
    signed via 2015-10-06 07:36:44 +1100
  • Mary Keeley
    signed via 2015-10-06 01:26:10 +1100
  • Helen Austin
    signed via 2015-10-06 00:49:42 +1100
  • Edwin Charles White
    signed 2015-10-03 08:47:00 +1000
  • David Keanan-Brown
    signed 2015-10-02 20:00:12 +1000
  • Joanne Merrigan
    signed 2015-10-01 17:26:32 +1000
  • Jane Lee
    signed 2015-10-01 13:18:18 +1000
  • Michelle Meachem
    signed 2015-10-01 12:20:51 +1000
  • Alana Platt
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  • Lynnette Hawley
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-30 20:25:53 +1000
    Sign the Petition http://bit.ly/1NNhfvj We Can Work with the Right Support @inclusionoz
  • Lynnette Hawley
    signed 2015-09-30 20:25:04 +1000
  • Anne Bawden
    signed 2015-09-30 15:11:43 +1000
    Recognise the unique strengths and challenges for those with ID and comorbid conditions. Provide safety net for lower than minimum wage and less hours due to limitations. Share the right to work with vulnerable job seekers.
  • May MacKenzie
    signed 2015-09-29 14:28:56 +1000
    My intellectually disabled son has been employed in supported open employment in hospitality for 11 years. This gives him the opportunity to mix with the general public & he feels he is needed & doing a good job in society. His self esteem has improved over this period.

    The support he receives from the Job Agency is invaluable to my son & his employer & should be allowed to continue in its current form. WHY CHANGE A SYSTEM THAT IS WORKING!
  • evelyn stanton
    signed 2015-09-29 08:33:49 +1000
  • Maria Zarimis
    signed 2015-09-29 08:24:32 +1000
  • V Ruth Davey
    signed 2015-09-27 21:53:53 +1000
    I totally endorse all the points that you have made in this petition. This is a vitally important area for people with intellectual disability to be included in the open workforce.
  • Randa Habelrih
    signed via 2015-09-26 20:50:44 +1000