Good open employment outcomes have been achieved for many people with significant intellectual disability when they can move seamlessly and concurrently from transition-to-work support to DES open employment support.
Skilful transition-to-work support can positively change the expectations and confidence of youth with intellectual disability through work experience.
Specialist providers have demonstrated that they are able to provide a pathway from transition-to-work support to DES support. This was acknowledged by the Federal Budget 2015 announcement which now funds youth to remain in transition-to-work support while at the same time registering with a DES provider.
This enables youth to maintain skill and confidence when in transition-to-work while a DES provider seeks a paid open employment job placement. This pathway is responsible for the most successful rates of open employment outcomes for people with intellectual disability in Australia.