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

Every student can contribute: Discovering the employment potential of students with disability

School to work logo. Every student can contribute - Discovering the employment potential of students with disability

Start: Mon 25 Mar, 2024 15:30 End: Mon 25 Mar, 2024 17:00

Location: Hotel Realm Canberra


A workshop for career advisors, educators, and families.

In a rapidly evolving educational landscape, the transition from school to work represents a significant milestone for all students, particularly those with disability. This session aims to bridge the gap between traditional career pathways and the innovative approach of Customised Employment, ensuring that every student’s potential is fully realised and valued in the workforce.

Every student can contribute is a workshop tailored for career advisors and educators and will be relevant to families of secondary school students with disability.

Workshop overview

This engaging 90-minute session is primarily designed for school-based career advisors but remains open to families and professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of Customised Employment.

The workshop, presented by Customised Employment consultant Milton Tyree, aligns with current practices and frameworks that support the career development of students with disability.

Education professionals: We are mindful of your full workload and aim to provide information that complements your current practices.

Register for free

Key themes and learning objectives

Introduction to Customised Employment (CE)

Understand the essence of Customised Employment and how it diverges from traditional post-school pathways, emphasising its role in achieving equitable employment outcomes.

Integrating CE within the curriculum

Explore how CE can complement existing career planning tools and curriculum, particularly through elective units for senior students and incorporating discovery resources into Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).

The Discovery Process

Gain insights into the Discovery phase, its purpose, school-level implementation, and support for students and families in navigating this journey.


A premise of this workshop is that students who find it difficult to compete for employment in the open market nevertheless have the skills and interest in contributing to an organisation and making a difference. This information can be applied to students exploring pathways to open employment and careers, as well as Work Experience, Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs), and microenterprises (solo businesses).

Who should attend

  • Transition and careers officers
  • Disability education coordination officers
  • Inclusion coaches
  • educators
  • families, and
  • anyone interested in pioneering career guidance practices that inclusively cater to students with disability.

Workshop details

  • Monday, 25 March 2024
  • 3:30 to 5:00 pm AEDT (Doors open at 3:00 pm)
  • Hotel Realm Canberra | 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
  • This event is free, but you must register.

Join us to be part of a transformative conversation that redefines career guidance, ensuring every student – including those facing challenges – can make significant contributions to our community and economy. Together, we can unlock the potential within every student, guiding them towards fulfilling and inclusive employment opportunities.

About Milton Tyree

Portrait of Milton Tyree

Hailing from Kentucky in the USA, Milton Tyree is a consultant working with Marc Gold & Associates, pioneers in the field of Customised Employment (CE). Alongside his decades of experience in customising employment, Milton applies the principles of Social Role Valorisation (SRV) to enhance employment outcomes for people with disability. He’s also a wonderful teacher who illustrates CE theory with real-life examples. We’re delighted he’s returning to Canberra to teach this workshop in person.

Early in his career, Milton was a high school special education teacher. While he loved teaching, he was concerned that his students were all graduating with nothing to do. Having come across the teachings of Marc Gold, he left education and began helping young (and older) adults find valued work based on their interests and skills.


Register for free

Secure your spot in this enlightening workshop and contribute to shaping an inclusive future for all students. Thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services, registration is free.

Logo of the School to Work project. Imagining. Discovering. Finding. School to Work for Secondary School Students with disability.


This event is part of our School to Work project. You can read about School to Work on this page.