What are the facts, statistics and myths of the employment situation for people with disabilities? How can we work together to overcome the barriers to employment? This session will explore the experiences of people with disabilities in open employment, supported employment, unemployment and under employment both here and New Zealand.
Discussions will also include the recent court case involving two men with disability who lost their bid to prove that thousands of workers on a Commonwealth-funded employment scheme are being underpaid.
Tuesday 27th March, 2012: 3:00am - 4:00am
Sharon Granek, Coordinator, Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
Sharon has previously worked in various capacities always in the field of diversity including case management, residential and respite care, policy development, housing, education, training and employment, public health and advocacy.Photo of Sharon Granek, Coordinator, Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
Moving to adulthood, Riki faces many challenges in getting paid employment despite having years of experience through volunteering with Grit Media (a disability organisation that produce No Limits on C31) and Peer Support work at Yooralla.Photo of Riki Domagalski,
Kairsty Wilson, Principal Solicitor, Association for Employees with a Disability (AED) Legal Service
A major highlight during Kairsty’s leadership at AED has been her advocacy to improve the wages and working conditions for people with disability working in business services, now known as Australian Disability Enterprises. This work for people with disabilities was formally recognised by the legal profession in 2011, when the Law Institute of Victoria awarded Kairsty with the Community Lawyer of the Year Award.Photo of Kairsty Wilson, Principal Solicitor, Association for Employees with a Disability (AED) Legal Service
Gordon Prior, Self Advocate
Being institutionalised for much of his life has not stopped Gordon from knowing his rights and becoming an accomplished self advocate. Gordon has finally found a position where his skills are properly acknowledged and he is paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.Photo of Gordon Prior, Self Advocate
Michael Aldridge, National Chairperson, People first NZ
Michael is the National Chairperson and President of the Top of the South Region. Michael lives in Nelson, New Zealand where he works in a fish factory. Michael is a long standing member of People First and he has represented People First on a range of committee over the years. He is currently on the … ContinuedPhoto of Michael Aldridge, National Chairperson, People first NZ