Supporting Job Seekers
Work is good. Not for everyone but for most of us. Ask any of my clients on any given day and they’ll tell you that work:
For these reasons – and many more – I maintain that from work stems all other forms of independence. I go on and on about this in my book The Ten Demandments but essentially good work can enable good living through providing a valued role, increasing income and sociability, training the mind and body to meet challenges and supporting people through tough times. The list goes on …
The best way of finding and sustaining award-wage employment for people with disability is to seek a job that suits individual skills and interests then support them in that role for as long as they need support. This may be three months, three years or longer. But these are the facts:
Old approaches haven’t worked. Worse than that, subsidised positions almost always end with the worker being out of work after the subsidy ends. This means that, through no fault of their own, people with disability feel as though they have failed. And no amount of explaining that ‘It’s the system’s fault’ stops them from blaming themselves.
People with disability deserve better. In the last twenty-odd years I have developed a model that delivers better. The details can be found in The Ten Demandments but if you’d rather read the executive summary, here it is:
Job seekers must be supported to maintain their employment for as long as they need this support. Remember, with effective job matching and strong post-placement support, people with disability are likely to be in work after six months 80% of the time. (This is opposed to 50% if just handed a job and left to get on with it.) So, supporting people to find and stay in work improves retention by more than 50%.
People with disability are better off, their families are better off, the economy is better off, society overall is better off when those people with disability willing and able to work are given this choice. Do we have any right to deny them? If your answer is a resounding ‘No!’ do get in contact.