Increasing Employment and Career options for young people with a disability. Some things to think about …. In the OECD countries, what percentage of people with disabilities are employed? 20% 40% 60% 80%. Some things to think about …. 60% of people with disabilities in OECD countries
Increasing Employment and Career options for young people with a disability
60% of people with disabilities
in OECD countries
70% of people with disabilities
in the top 8 OECD countries
“Have we learned enough to expect that the culmination of public education for young people with disabilities should be a job and a clear career path? Can we reasonably expect youth to experience employment in authentic workplaces where they earn a commensurate wage working alongside of co-workers without disabilities? Can we elevate everyone’s expectations accordingly? Can schools craft educational services and curricula that set the stage for such expectations? Based on what the research has shown us and what we know, the answer to all these questions is a resounding yes!”
Dr Richard Luecking
Local interest, need and commitment:
Conducted in late 2010, four major themes emerged:
Research shows that the following can enhance students’ transition and employment outcomes:
Research shows that the following indicates success in a workplace for students with disability:
Ticket to Work is a partnership-driven program built around organisations sharing common program goals, a willingness to share their differing core competencies and a willingness to collaborate.
Ticket to Work partners commit to a philosophy that every young person with disability is entitled to participate in the community, source appropriate employment and be socially included.
The pilot region undertook the following activities:
The pilot region roles included the following:
All partners contribute to promotion, seeking employment via networks and strategic development of the model
Pilot region selection process utilised:
Pilot region monitoring process utilised:
2012 / 2013 students in pilot region:
Employers in pilot region:
Pilot partnership member feedback:
“The Partnership Network was very successful in building a coalition of diverse organisations with a common commitment to improving youth disability employment outcomes. The regular meetings and the activities helped to ensure that understanding and awareness of various sectors was shared with one another.”
“Regular meetings meant that I was able to build many new relationships and partnerships.”
“Being a partner has enabled me to create links with organisations that I was not aware of”
“I am influencing the decision making of families who support young people with a disability to take up employment pathways.”
“The partnership is a success in getting so many different organisations to sit around a table and for nearly two years.”
The ASBAT helped me physically and mentally.
I’ve learned so much from my employer.
I feel less scared about working.
I’m more confident and
I can talk to clients better.
I’m thrilled that my son has been offered ongoing permanent part-time employment with his ASBAT employer!
"Janice added so much to our workplace, not only was she an extra pair of hands, but she encouraged our staff to become mentors.
1. Students have a recognised disability
2. Ticket to Work must be managed by a local partnership
3. Program reporting and communication required through regular reports, participation in National Ticket to Work Network meetings
The purpose of National Ticket to Work Network is to support communities to offer Ticket to Work. It’s role is also to research, design and spotlight the strategies, practice and policies that produce optimal employment and career achievement for young people with disability in their transition from school.
Ticket to Work webpages:
Michelle Wakeford Fiona Waugh
Ticket to Work Bayside Glen Eira Kingston LLEN (BGK LLEN)
P: 03 9584 8845 P: 03 9584 8845
M: 0413 750 745
The greatest barrier facing people with a disability is not their disability but confronting negative attitudes, overcoming outdated stereotypes and challenging the limitations placed on them by others.
What they lack is not ability but opportunity
Adapted from Submission to Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia