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

Once funky, always funky: Building inclusive work environments from Day One

Once funky, always funky: Building inclusive work environments from Day One. Logo of the School to Work project.

Start: Tue 26 Mar, 2024 09:30 End: Tue 26 Mar, 2024 14:30

Location: Hotel Realm Canberra or via Livestream


If you’re interested in helping people with disability work find meaningful employment, join us for this essential workshop about creating and supporting inclusive workplace environments.

Workshop overview

This event, presented by Customised Employment consultant Milton Tyree, emphasises the critical nature of first impressions and the inclusion of employees with disability as regular, valued members of the workforce.

We’ll explore practical strategies to ensure that job setup, instruction, and ongoing support align with typical workplace norms, avoiding the pitfalls of the ‘funky’ dynamic where employees are seen more as Human Services clients than team members.

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Key themes

Initial job setup

Learn how to establish employment roles that promote direct interaction and training from typical workplace trainers, ensuring employees with disability are treated as integral team members from day one.

Balancing support with independence

Discover techniques to balance necessary support and fostering independence, including an in-depth look at ‘fading’ support strategies tailored to individual needs.

Social Role Valorisation (SRV) principles

Learn how to enhance a person’s image and increase their competencies to ensure they are valued as an employee.

Practical Job Support strategies

Understand how to give the person relevant and actionable feedback. Learn other practical approaches to supporting the person in the workplace and their career.

Natural supports

Understand the role of natural workplace relationships in promoting genuine inclusion and how families and job coaches can facilitate, rather than hinder, these dynamics.

Family involvement

Learn how families can offer employment support while respecting workplace boundaries.

Workshop details

  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024
  • From 9:30 am until 2:30 pm AEDT
  • Attendance options
    • In-person at Hotel Realm Canberra
    • Online via Livestream
  • This event is free, but you must register to attend.

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to anyone interested in fostering inclusive employment. It has been designed with families in mind, including those who employ their own Job Coaches and those who have engaged Employment Services.

Participants will receive expert guidance and practical advice and engage in interactive sessions to learn how to support meaningful employment that values the contributions of all employees.

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Recommended pre-workshop preparation

If you haven’t attended previous workshops about Job Support and are unfamiliar with the concept, we encourage you to watch these videos of Milton’s previous presentations. This information will give you foundational knowledge on job support and enrich your workshop experience.

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.


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Thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services, registration is free.

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