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

Fiona McIntosh

We are excited to welcome Fiona to the Get That Good Life! conference. Fiona will be talking about customised employment.

About Fiona

Portrait of Fiona McIntoshFiona McIntosh, Imagine More

Fiona is the School to Work Project Coordinator at Imagine More. This three-year project aims to strengthen the capacity of young people with disability and their families to achieve valued paid employment and self-employment.

Fiona has over 25 years of experience in policy and program development in the ACT Government and local non-government sector.  This experience spans housing, homelessness, child welfare and twelve years in the disability sector.

Fiona has a strong interest in creating employment opportunities for young people with disability.

She is a solo mum to a young daughter.  In her free time, she loves connecting with nature through camping and walking, creating her own small enterprise, and creating surreal collages.

Fiona’s Presentation

I’m Ready for Work: Are You?

Fiona McIntosh, with Jessie Ward and Genna Ward

As young people with disability progress through the secondary school years, they and their family members often wonder:

  • what they will do after school?
  • what will they be able to do?

Families tell us they inevitably arrive at a narrow set of ‘post-school options’. These vary depending on the young person’s assessed readiness for work.

In this session, Fiona introduces participants to the concept of customised employment. It’s a great approach for people with disability who are looking for meaningful work. It helps everyone involved to imagine a broader range of employment possibilities. You may find that your understanding of “work readiness” will shift dramatically!

Participants will get an insight into creating customised employment opportunities. You’ll learn that the most successful approaches always

  • align with the interests of the young person, and
  • benefit the employer.

These insights will be revealed through interactive exercises and actionable information.

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Contact Details

  • Fiona can be contacted at Imagine More

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