Julia Shumaker

Julia Shumaker has been supporting Jack Kruger since 2018. In this presentation, she describes how she applied Customised Employment principles to create a volunteering role for Jack at Lifeline and a role at Unilodge.

About Julia Shumaker

Portrait of Julia Shumaker

Julia has been Jack Kruger’s Job Developer since 2018. During Jack’s school years and beyond, Julia has helped him secure various employment roles that align with his interests.

Julia has developed many of her skills by attending Social Role Valorisation (SRV) courses and other workshops by Imagine More. In 2022, she participated in a Peer Group that Milton Tyree (from Marc Gold & Associates) co-facilitated to support Job Supporters with their implementation of Customised Employment. She has been applying the knowledge she gained in these sessions to help Jack find and retain suitable work roles over the years.

Apart from being a skilled Job Developer, Julia is also an active member of a local dance studio and enjoys spending time outdoors in nature.

Working this out together: Supporting the workplace to support the employee

Jack Kruger, Julia Shumaker, Rachael Cumming, James Jeffress

In this presentation, Jack Kruger shared his various work roles since he was 14. He describes his current position at Unilodge, where he works at the reception of a residential college at ANU. He also describes his volunteering role at Lifeline.

Julia Shumaker, Jack’s Job Support, explains how she applied Customised Employment principles to create a volunteering role for him at Lifeline. She describes how her support role at Lifeline has now completely faded. Her experience with Lifeline gave her the confidence to apply the same principles to develop and support Jack in his current paid work role at Unilodge.

James and Rachael, Jack’s work supervisors, provided an overview of their involvement in customising and supporting Jack in the Unilodge workplace.

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