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  • Tips for finding work experience and part-time jobs

    10 tips for finding work experience and part-time jobs 1. Get support Think about supports you could draw on to make the task of finding work experience and part-time jobs easier. This could be friends, other family members, including siblings, or other people who know you and your young person. If your young person is […]
  • Maintaining high expectations

    Family expectations play an important role when it comes to work outcomes for your young person with intellectual disability. Research shows that young people whose families expect them to have a job when they leave school are more likely to have ongoing success in open employment. You know your children better than anyone else. And […]
  • How do you get into open employment?

    There are lots of supports available to help people with intellectual disability get work. This website can help you navigate supports to get into open employment. The different supports include: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Disability Employment Services (DES) the Disability Support Pension (DSP). Everyone’s way into employment is different. People also need different […]
  • What stops people from working in open employment?

    There are many things that stop people with intellectual disability from working in open employment. One major barrier is that many people think that people with intellectual disability can’t work. However, research shows that people with intellectual disability can work in open employment. They just need the right supports and training. Other barriers can include: […]
  • What are the benefits of open employment?

    There is lots of evidence about the social and economic benefits when people with intellectual disability work in open employment. People with intellectual disability have a better quality of life and improved physical and mental health. One reason for this is that earning a fair wage means you have a better standard of living. Another […]
  • Why is it called open employment?

    Open employment is open to everyone. More people with intellectual disability are employed in closed employment than people with other disabilities. Closed employment includes workplaces like an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). Often the only workers in an ADE are people with intellectual disability, and they are usually paid much less than the minimum wage.

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