Why do we need to replace Capacity to Work assessments with the Choice of Skilled Support?

More than sixty years of research has found that initial job capacity assessments for youth with intellectual disability are almost always low, and have little to do with the level of job capacity that can be achieved after skilled support.

Labelling youth with intellectual disability as limited in capacity to work and restricting them to non-work or segregated programs before they have had the opportunity to try employment and receive support is contrary to research and demonstration.

The current system of assessment needs to be replaced with a system of investment which understands that the work potential of individuals with intellectual disability is directly linked to the availability of skilled support in job placement and training in the open labour market.

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  • Paul Cain
    published this page in FAQ 2015-07-07 11:57:59 +1000