Transitions. They’re important, as are the rituals and celebrations around them.Without acknowledgement of effort leading to success, we might lope along from one thing to the next, not ever yelling, ‘Hurrah!’ at the top of our lungs!

I often ponder what the world would look like in reverse. Today, I’m thinking about how Disability Employment Services are lumped in with Mainstream Employment Services (MES), not the other way around, and yet DES get a lot right.

Ableism. It’s a word, like racism and sexism, that describes a societal condition that leads to widespread discrimination and segregation, but focuses on those with a disability label. If ableism describes the culture that subjects people with disabilities to rejection, how do we analyse a service system that tries to help people, but in doing so, ends up reinforcing ablistic values of the culture?