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Open employment is when people with and without disability work together in regular jobs.

It is the same job market most people are in – where you apply for jobs or set up your own business to earn an income.

It is called open employment because it is open to everyone.

Everyone has the right to work in open employment. But most people with intellectual disability work in closed employment workplaces such as Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). Often, people with intellectual disability are the only workers in an ADE, and they usually get paid a very low wage – much less than the minimum wage.

An Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) is a type of employment support for people with disability who need significant support to work.
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