What an exciting time to be working in Disability Employment Services!
Demand exceeds supply (we are advertising for job seekers) and more and more smart business owners are seeing the value of people with disability as a routine part of their hiring decisions and processes.
Its the end of the school year and this years school leavers are about to make the move from student to worker, what a wealth of possibilities are open to them.
Here is a quick insight into employment options:
1. Open Employment - A job just like any other with the same working conditions, rights and responsibilities.
2. Supported Employment - A job just like any other but perhaps requiring modifications of some or most of the work. Workers using a supported employment service may have productivity based wages (these are independently assessed).
3. Sheltered Employment - Working in a specifically created environment where the majority of workers have a disability. Wages are typically very much lower than those of people that do not have a disability.
4. Working for a social firm - A Social Firm is a business that may or may not be for profit that includes people with a disability as a part of their business processes and generally as part of their mission statements.
Its not for me to say which is best and each may be just right for a particular person.
My only advice would be to Aim High - you can always come down and in an environment that talks strongly about choice and control ask lots of questions so that any decisions you make are on the basis of informed choice.
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