According to the Independent (27/9/17), ‘disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one’.

Although this is stupidly high, the figure is much lower than I would have expected. Unfortunately, my gut reaction would’ve guessed 250%.

The truth is that by the time employers get around to advertising for new staff they are under pressure to hire so ‘new’, ‘different’ or ‘unusual’ are not words employers generally want to read.

I don’t doubt the sincerity and commitment of many disability employment services (DES) staff working in for-profit companies. I have met some talented, experienced and passionate people from within.

However, the for-profit model does not serve people with disability.

Why?

We know that choice is only choice when you understand your options.

To understand our options and therefore make informed decisions, we need access to accurate, timely and meaningful information. In the disability employment sector, governments collect the data, but wecanwork.com.au interprets it into manageable chunks.

For example, do you want to know which NSW-based Transition program finds the most jobs for young workers? Go here.