Most experiences were positive, but there were some where I felt like the elephant in the room that people had to tiptoe around or a compassion project where organisations could tick a diversity box by saying they’d taken on a blind intern for a week or two that year.
Look around your office. If one in five of your colleagues are living with a disability, then your workplace is reflective of our broader community. If that’s not the case, your office holds a mirror to a broader societal trend. In Australia today participation in employment for people living with a disability is low and underemployed is high.
Imagine you spent three or four years completing a degree and all your university friends were easily able to get a job. But you have been to many, many interviews and can’t get anywhere. Why? Because you have a disability.
The Morrison government must create stronger targets for disability employment and ensure all people with disability are paid fairly in their jobs, advocates say.
‘This strategy is all about giving more people with disability, who have the desire and capacity to work, better access to the right supports to achieve their employment goals while breaking down barriers
A Warrnambool hairdresser has welcomed a new campaign that is raising awareness about the barriers preventing people with disabilities from getting jobs.
The Centre for Workplace Leadership, in consultation with the Australian Network on Disability, examined ‘best-practice’ organisations in Australia to understand how they utilised workplace adjustments towards the inclusion of people with disability in the workplace.
Increased participation in the workforce for people with disability and their families and carers produces benefits for the individuals participating, as well as for the wider Australian economy. The analysis presented here investigates the employment experience of NDIS participants and their families and carers, including factors associated with positive employment outcomes.
“It is about understanding how people with disabilities do things differently. We can still work and love to work and be included. It gives us a real purpose.”
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The Remove the Barrier campaign, launched by the Dylan Alcott Foundation on Tuesday, aims to remove the visible and invisible barriers that prevent people with disability from finding work. Despite one in five people in Australia living with disability, only 54 per cent of people with disability have employment, with few initiatives in place to shift the statistic.
Just one in three Australian businesses hire people with a disability, despite most claiming they were willing to do so, according to a study of over 1200 businesses by the Department of Social Services.
Tom Mangan, General Manager – Workforce Solutions at Community Solutions, said that as a Disability Employment Services his team are always working to overcome these barriers.
For those with disabilities, it’s not just hard getting a job, it can be a struggle to feel secure and challenged, say two Australians with firsthand experience.
Most recruiting occurs from the perspective of the perceived ‘best available candidate’, according to Matt Little, CEO at CoAct.
Even in large organisations who implement implicit strategies to increase the representation of people with a disability, the ingrained HR policies and processes are designed to filter out less credentialed candidates, added Little.