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Real life stories

Discover stories of real people with intellectual disability who work in open employment and see what’s possible.

  • Film 1: Starting Early

    It’s never too early to start planning for open employment. This film is about things families can do when their children are still young that will help them get a start in open employment later in life.
  • Film 2: Getting Work Experience

    Getting extra work experience during high school is an important step in the transition from school to work. This film is about things families and young people can do during high school to get ready for life after school and getting their first job in open employment.
  • Film 4: Later in Life

    With the right support it’s never too late to get a job in open employment. This film features people of all ages talking about working in open employment, what it means to them and the support they have had.
  • Film 3: Getting Your First Job

    There are many different pathways to open employment. This film is about just some of the different strategies and supports people can choose after they finish school, including getting NDIS employment support and setting up a micro enterprise.
  • Cailan’s story: Making employment supports play ball

    Cailan is in her mid-20s and has worked as an admin assistant at a large sports broadcaster for almost four years. She works for the same reasons most of us do: to earn money, meet new people and use her skills working somewhere she enjoys. Cailan has a job she loves, but it wasn’t easy […]
  • Emma’s story: The benefits of it all coming together

    Emma is in her early 30s and has worked as an admin assistant at NTT Ltd for over six years. Her role includes filing, scanning, collecting mail, wiping workstations, cleaning the kitchen and conference rooms, and restocking the coffee machine. Emma has an intellectual disability and having a steady job has been a positive constant […]

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