Work is how most of us meaningfully spend our days, evenings or weekends. This is how we can contribute, form friendships and even find a life partner. Imagine More believes that all people with disability can work.
Finding Work for People With Disability
We know it is not always easy for people with disability to find meaningful and valued work roles that pay award wages, but we know it is possible.
We have discovered the key to success in employment is when the skills, talents, interests, motivators and strengths of a person with disability are identified that are then matched to a work role. The conditions for workplace success need careful consideration as does the support. This type of employment is often referred to as customised employment.
To customise a job, someone must first identify a collection of tasks that should get done by the current employees but are often forgotten. These tasks can be brought together to create a customised job for a person with disability.
Another option is to establish a Microenterprise. A Microenterprise is a very small business that is simple to start, requires minimal capital and has a viable purpose.
We have many examples of how customised employment and microenterprises have been successful for people with disability .
Essential Resources About Employment and Microenterprise
We've identified these resources as essential reading on this topic. We strongly recommend that you look at these before you browse the resources below.
Getting a Job While Still at School
Working towards a young school leaver's goal of independent livingGetting a Job While Still at School.Learn more
Why We Need to Talk About Employment
The first session of the Let's Get To Work Virtual Conference in June 2020.Why We Need to Talk About Employment.Learn more
Stories of Microenterprise
The final session of the Let's Get To Work Virtual Conference in July 2020Stories of Microenterprise.Learn more
Resources About Employment and Microenterprise
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Let’s Get To Work: Pa’s Produce
Annie and her family created a small enterprise called Pa’s Produce.Let’s Get To Work: Pa’s Produce.Learn more
Let’s Get to Work: The Admin Assistant
Jack uses SLES funding to support him to do a School-Based ApprenticeshipLet’s Get to Work: The Admin Assistant.Learn more
Let’s Get To Work: Zellner Services
Cameron's family and Circle of Support helped establish his microenterpriseLet’s Get To Work: Zellner Services.Learn more
Let’s Get To Work: The Research Technician
Gus works in a valued role in a laboratory as a research technicianLet’s Get To Work: The Research Technician.Learn more
The Essence of a Successful Work Experience
How to use work experience to assess skills and interestsThe Essence of a Successful Work Experience.Learn more
Finding Work Through Connections and Community
Session 2 of the Let's Get To Work ConferenceFinding Work Through Connections and Community.Learn more
Valuable resources from sessions 4 and 5 of the Let's Get to Work ConferenceCustomised Employment.Learn more
Employment – Nathan Basha
Nathan Basha shares his journey from school to employment.Employment – Nathan Basha.Learn more