Tuesday, 27 September 2016

On work, and employment

Disability internships welcomed as game changer
David Tiley, Screen Arts Hub, 19 September 2016
... According to Courtney Gibson, 'We can do lots of things under the Screenability banner over a long period. It is an open-ended policy commitment. We will keep doing it until we don’t need to do it any more' ...

Pressure Mounts To Abandon Sheltered Workshops
Lydia DePillis, Houston Chronicle/TNS,  3 August 2016
... Disability advocates have long argued that allowing workers to be paid less than minimum wage in segregated work environments — known as “sheltered workshops” — is disempowering and unfair.

After years of complaints, the federal government has started to curtail the practice, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has come out against it altogether, and some states have passed laws that effectively ban it in favor of services that help people with disabilities find decent-paying work ...

Placing our trust in workers with learning disabilities
Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland, 22 August 2016
What do you think of, when you think about jobs for people with learning disabilities? The stereotype of a humble manual job, such as cleaner or porter, or working behind the counter in a cafe?

School leavers with disability programs hitting targets
The Daily Telegraph, Ian Paterson, 2 September 2016
A NSW government program to assist school leavers with a disability find employment is reaping rich rewards. New figures reveal the state’s Transition to Work program is helping 81 per cent of its clients successfully enter the workforce ...

Repost, in case you missed it:

Centre for Disability Studies, 6 September 2016
Young people with intellectual disabilities will be embedded as paid interns in two leading Australian organisations, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), as part of an innovative new program at the University of Sydney ...

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