Finding a job can be a daunting task for anyone. Added complications like stigma, physical barriers and discrimination can diminish confidence and make this process even harder for a person with disability.
There is so much that you, a person with disability can bring to a workplace - fresh ideas, new perspective and a wealth of knowledge and skills. These resources below are a starting point on your job journey so you can find the ideal job for you.
Step 1. Speak to the NDIS
If you haven’t already, get listed with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in your area to find out how they can support you both live an ordinary life and get the job support you need. Find out more about how the NDIS in NSW can support you. You can also access Transition to work programs through The NDIS and they can connect you with an array of service providers and assist you with your CV.
Step 2. Get prepared for Employment
The NSW Employment Enablement Strategy is a three-year disability employment initiative which aims to increase employment outcomes for people with disability in NSW. The Strategy has two main components:
* Provide employment preparedness through Employment Enablement Packages, and
* Build the capacity of businesses to employ people with disability.
Step 3. Contact an Agency for Employment Support
NOVA Employment provides a free supported employment program with specialist job seeking assistance and post placement support. This includes opportunities such as apprenticeships, job clubs, and transition to work programs, advice blogs and a plethora of other disability employment
services. Visit NOVA Employment and get in touch with one of their career support specialists.
Australian Network on Disability provide PACE mentoring, a mentoring scheme for job seekers with disability and there’s also a program called Stepping Into, a paid internship for final and penultimate year students with disability to check out.
Other useful resources:
House with no Steps - Disability Services
Lifestyle Solutions - Disability Supports
Disability Employment Services