Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Co-creating employment with Discovery: Workshop replay

Co-creating employment with Discovery

Start: Thu 04 Apr, 2024 11:19 End: Tue 23 Apr, 2024 17:30

Location: Online, on-demand access - watch anytime!


Plentiful, undeniable proof exists to show that people with disability can work and can make a valuable contribution to their workplaces and community.

Unfortunately, young people with intellectual disability and autism often have a very limited experience of the world. This means they don’t always know what work roles exist. Many find it difficult to articulate their interests and how, where, when and with whom they’d like to work.

That’s where the process of Discovery becomes important.

Discovery is an evidence-based and widely used approach that helps a person with disability

  • uncover their skills and interests
  • identify workplace conditions necessary to help them thrive in the workplace, and
  • share this knowledge with their family and supporters.

It’s a process that reveals employable skills that can then be matched to the needs of a workplace.

Through Discovery, people with intellectual disability are more likely to be employed in highly valued workplace roles that pay at least Award wages.

And it’s a process that can start at any age (the earlier, the better, but it’s never too late).

Two events to learn about Discovery: A life-path-changing process

Event 1: Watch an on-demand replay of our recent workshop about Discovery

Register to watch an on-demand replay of our 2023 workshop about Discovery. In this 90-minute workshop, Customised Employment Consultant Milton Tyree explained

  • the benefits of starting the employment process with the person, not the job
  • how to discover any person’s interests and potential workplace contributions – even if they communicate without words
  • the importance of challenging conventional wisdom when it comes to disability employment
  • how to translate everyday life activities into employable traits
  • how to move from Discovery towards paid employment.

This replay is free and is open to anyone who wants to help a person with intellectual disability or autism enjoy all the benefits of being gainfully employed, including

  • Family members
  • Friends and colleagues
  • Educators and career professionals
  • Employment service providers
  • Job supporters

The on-demand replay is available from now until Tuesday, 23 April.

Event 2: Learn how to get started with the Discovery process

Families, please join us for a live, interactive session to discuss how to get started and implement Discovery for your family member. This will be an opportunity to

  • Ask questions
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Learn alongside other families who are supporting a family member to find meaningful employment.

About the live interactive session, Getting started with Discovery

  • Tuesday, 23 April 2024
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm AEST
  • This is an interactive session, not a webinar
  • Online via Zoom – you will receive the link when you register
  • Facilitated by Fiona McIntosh (Imagine More’s School to Work Project Coordinator)
  • Free admission
  • This session is for families only
  • This session will not be recorded
  • When you register to watch the on-demand workshop replay, you can also choose to attend the live interactive session.

Learn more about the live interactive session on this page of our website.

For further information, please contact Fiona at

Frequently asked questions about this workshop replay

I attended the Co-creating employment with Discovery workshop with Milton Tyree last year in February 2023 and watched the on-demand replay in July 2023. Can I just attend the live interactive session?

Yes, if you attended last year’s Co-creating employment with Discovery events and don’t need a refresher, you are welcome to register to attend the live interactive session only. Please click the register button; on the form, you can indicate which sessions you wish to attend.

I’m a support worker, DES employee, or educator who wants to learn more about the Discovery process. I have some questions about the process. Can I attend the live interactive session to have my questions answered?

The live interactive session is for families only, but we’d love to assist you if you have questions. Please contact Fiona at

How much does it cost to watch the on-demand replay and attend the live interactive session?

Attendance at both is free, thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

I won’t be able to attend the live interactive session on Tuesday, 23 April. Can I watch a recording of it later?

The live interactive session will not be recorded.

Who is Milton Tyree, and why should I listen to him?

Portrait of Milton TyreeMilton has professional and personal experience over decades of helping people with disabilities have strong work roles. He uses the principles of SRV (Social Role Valorisation) as a foundation for his work.

Milton lives in Kentucky, USA, and works with Marc Gold & Associates, the pioneers of Customised Employment. He has run several workshops about customised employment for Imagine More in recent years and has worked closely with us to support families exploring employment.