Below are examples of people with disability who have really thought about finding employment opportunities that have suited them and all of these began with having high expectations from families and having a vision. The examples of the individuals come with a variety of disabilities and varying support needs, some have no communication, some have been labelled with "challenging behaviour". Most of their families were told when they were born their life would be limited and not to expect much – do not even imagine them working in real employment, but despite this these individuals and their families have chosen a different path, one that is far from this. Some are from cities, some are from rural areas, some are supported by an employment service, and others are being innovative with using their support hours to start their own business or become volunteers in their communities. 

Tims Place - read about Tim, a man fulfilling his dreams and challenging expectations, and watch this 4 minute clip of Tim as a Restaurant Owner http://www.timsplace.com/tim-live/ for more insights.  

Cameron: The receptionist 

Emma: Master Shredder


Warren: Police Volunteer 

 

Adam – Business owner Adam’s apple

 

Jackson – Jack Mail 

 Hear more from Sally Richards and Jackson's employee in this Talks That Matter film by Belonging Matters.



Nathan Basha - Social Entrepreneur and motivational speaker 
Cameron: Business Owner – Cam Can 
Jamie Brewer: Hollywood Actress  
Alex: Business owner, artist - Collaboart
Dan: Jewelry Maker, Business owner
Alex Sneddon: Office Worker and Volunteer
Margaret: Retail employee
Joel:Software Developer Hewlett-Packard
Glen: Author and University Student 
Read Resourcing Families webpage Getting a job for more examples 

Resources and articles 

Planning my career - A group of exercises and strategies designed for planning a job or career for a young person with a disability. 
CV - Template - A word document template, which has headings that will help guide you in putting together a CV 
Using natural supports in the work place 
Ethical guidelines for professionals in supported employment
Expanding the Job and Career Options for People with Significant Disabilities
Preparing For Life Transitions: Home to School; Class to Class; Primary to High School; High School to University, TAFE or Work
Daring to have high work expectations - Nathan and Joanne Basha 

A way of doing something better…the Changes that have come from services: 

Peter Symonds – Ability Tasmania Group Inc
Changing Lives, Yes We Can! Mary Kealy, Ireland 
KANSAS City: New federal rules could close sheltered workshops for people with disabilities
Ontario's sheltered workshops to close forever - Province vows better services and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, with a gradual rollout “one person at a time
Oregon's sheltered workshops for the disabled to be phased out under terms of settlement
Michael Kendrick How low expectations limit the Good Life 

 

 

 

 

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