In 2020, we launched the Everyone Can Work website to help people with intellectual disability and their families make informed education and employment decisions at key life stages.
People with an intellectual disability seeking employment currently need to navigate many complex, and often inaccessible, systems including:
- the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- the Disability Support Pension (DSP)
- Disability Employment Services (DES)
- the education system.
We wanted to make the information about these systems easier to understand so that people with intellectual disability could find the employment supports they need.
In 2019, we ran the Employment First project to build the Everyone Can Work website and provide accessible information about pathways and supports for open employment.
The Employment First project was funded by the NDIA through an Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant.
What we did
- Ran a workshop with key disability employment stakeholders, job seekers with intellectual disability and their families to understand the barriers and strategies for people with intellectual disability to get into open employment
- Worked with researchers at Swinburne University to review the evidence about the most effective employment strategies and supports for people with intellectual disability
- Reviewed the employment supports available through the NDIS, DSP and DES systems
- Worked with families and people with intellectual disability to make the plain English, Easy Read and video information
- Worked with accessible website designer experts, to build a website that makes it easier for people with intellectual disability and their families to find the information they need.
Find out more
To access Everyone Can Work, go to www.everyonecanwork.org.au.