As our children get into the High School and College years, we find ourselves thinking about Life After School.
- Where are the job opportunities?
- Is it possible to look beyond specialist employment agencies?
- Might your natural networks be helpful in finding employment?
The issues around employment are hard enough for families with typically developing children to navigate: when families find themselves on the Segregated Pathway it can be even harder to imagine their family member in mainstream employment, and even students who have travelled the Mainstream Pathway through their education might feel that school is where inclusion ends.
Join us in November to meet some inspiring young adults who dared to imagine more…
- Come and hear Nathan Basha, a young man with DS who has not only found employment utilising his interests of music, but whose entrepreneurial drive is in great demand for motivational speaking that is leading to employment opportunities for other people with an intellectual disability. Nathan will talk about gaining employment, and his experience of attending University in Sydney.
Jeanette Purkis has overcome issues with substance abuse, criminality and homelessness to become an author and disability advocate and an employee in the Australian Public Service. Jeanette has been working for the public service since 2007 and loves her job: this is an extraordinary employment story for any young person. It’s even more remarkable because Jeanette has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and autism.
Our Keynote Speakers will also share stories and practical advice about transitioning into mainstream employment:
- Patrick Schwarz will give examples of people successfully transitioning from school into employment
- Bob Jackson will discuss how taking on roles in the home is a critical first step towards developing skills valued by employers
- There will be discussion about building work skills
- Tips for job applications and interviews
With so many perceived barriers in the way, it’s important to pull down the road blocks and see the potential in our family member. Come to listen, and to think about how the experiences of many young people can be applied to your family member.