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This is where I have the opportunity to rant!
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Australians share some things in common, we share values, we share attitudes, and we are fortunate indeed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have the privilege of paying taxes, and our taxes pay for certain rights and services.One of the best services available to all Australians is the school system.
It is a legal requirement that everybody attend school at least until the age of 16.Schoolteachers are well-educated and dedicated.As part of their job, teachers identify persons who have developmental disability.During their time at school, such persons, apart from special education, are also subjected to a range of tests to measure the extent and effect of disability on their lives.
It might come as a surprise to you to know that when such persons leave school, they frequently leave all record behind.
The first class teachers mentioned above have years of experience with each of these individuals and often care about them passionately.It is not just that they want to see their work have a result; they genuinely want the best for the pupils they've been teaching.
Rather than use this information and insight, taxpayers spend $220 funding a job capacity assessment
One of the blights on the disability industry today is the job capacity assessment or JCA.Many of the person's accessing Nova employment are forced to undertake a JCA.Assessors come from a range of backgrounds.However and bizarrely, they do not have to have any experience in the disability employment industry!So you might find your job capacity assessor is a registered nurse.
This is not meant as a criticism of registered nurses.However, such a person is unlikely in the time allowed for a JCA assessment (and this is about an hour) to be able to draw any real or meaningful conclusion.Despite any assurance, you might hear there is not a tool on earth that enables any person to accurately forecast the post-placement support needs of a person with a disability.
Many might already have worked out where this is heading - however, this would require some cooperation between the state system and the federal system.So what are the chances of that?
Here's how things could work: since developmental disability does not go away, how about giving somebody who has such disability a 'passport'? This passport would then enable a person who has a disability to access services without the need for additional assessment, which can often be both embarrassing and, without sufficient resources, inaccurate.
The present system means that persons undertaking the JCA also run the risk of losing their pension benefits.That translates to a reduction in pension of about $60 every week.I guess we have to ask ourselves would we risk our income when it may have been years since we had a job, or may be entering the workforce for the first time?
It should not come as a surprise to find that many people choose, rather than gambling on a job that may or may not work out, to remain on the pension.
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