‘Both evidence and experience show that consistent and personal attention is necessary for good outcomes’. In my book The Ten Demandments this statement relates to the role of disability employment services. But really, it can be applied to any social endeavour, especially if the aim is to make a difference to people’s lives.  

It’s a no-brainer. Isn’t it? Take a moment to consider the following figures.

Another conference coming up. The following questions will be asked but won’t be answered:

How will we improve disability employment rates?

What reforms will encourage employers to hire more people with disability?

Why isn’t performance rising? (And in fact probably relatively falling.) 

It’s the same old nutshell: why is performance so poor?

A mystery …

It is my privilege to have been involved in supporting people who have a disability into employment. Into ‘real work’: jobs in a regular setting like folk who don’t have a disability, with the same rights and responsibilities, the same working conditions, the same pay or at least pay that has been fairly and independently assessed.

And you know what else?

The same right to be appraised for performance and maybe even lose the odd job or two if they don’t meet their performance targets.

So, why employment first?