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

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Jan Kruger

Jan Kruger will be hosting and presenting at the Safeguarding the Future conference. Her presentation is titled Finding and safeguarding a job.

Jan Kruger, the Executive Director of Imagine More

Jan Kruger is the Executive Director of Imagine More, a family-led organisation in Canberra.  She has been involved in delivering a School to Work project using Customised Employment with a particular focus on people with intellectual disability.

Jan is a wife to Paul and mother to four fabulous young adults. Her youngest, Jack, is a CrossFit member, friend, CIT student, AFL Port Adelaide fan, and Unilodge employee who happens to have Down syndrome.

Jan and her family continuously work towards building Jack an ordinary, inclusive life where he enjoys a sense of belonging as a valued member of his community. She has applied the principles of Social Role Valorisation and customised employment to help Jack find and maintain meaningful paid work and volunteer roles.

Finding and safeguarding a job

For most of us, the most prominent role in adult life is having a job. But so often, people with disability find themselves waiting well into their twenties for support to find and keep their first job.

Jack Kruger’s family started supporting his employment journey much earlier. In this presentation, Jack’s mother, Jan,will share the approach their family took to securing valued employment roles for him.

Jan will explain how and why Jack’s employment journey began in his teenage years. She’ll describe how the family used their networks to find work experience and award-wage jobs. You’ll also learn why and how Jack’s school holidays and exam weeks weren’t just whiled away as downtime.

Jack is now 21 and has been working at his job at UniLodge for almost two years. The family’s attention is now focused on safeguarding this important job and exploring a second job to finance his desire to travel the world.

In this session, you’ll learn

  • Why it’s important for everyone to work
  • How to get started on finding a job for your family member
  • How to get your family member ready for their job
  • How to safeguard employment for your family member.

About this session

  • Jan will be hosting the conference and introducing speakers
  • She will set the scene for the conference on the morning of Thursday, 23 May
  • She will be speaking at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 23 May, in conference room 3
  • The conference runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024

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About the Safeguarding the Future conference

  • Thursday-Friday, 23-24 May 2024
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
  • Hotel Realm in Canberra
  • Optional networking event on Thursday evening
  • Three pre-conference webinars included in the main conference ticket
  • Pre-conference webinar-only tickets are also available if you can’t attend the main event
  • Flexible pricing is available for people with disability and their families from $0.00 to $225.00
  • People with disability, their families, friends, and allies, support workers, education professionals, health professionals, and everyone interested in safeguarding the future of people with disability are welcome to attend.
  • Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

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