I watched Insight on SBS last night – all about employment for people with disability.
Congratulations to SBS for setting up an opportunity to open the debate.
And that said;
The underlying problem of systemic barriers wasn’t touched and there seemed to be a misunderstanding about where people with disability are positioned in relation to supply and demand: It is employers who are on the demand side – they demand labour – people with disability are on the supply side, part of the pool of resources drawn on by employers.
If that sum is not understood and people with disability are represented as 'demand' with employers as 'supply' I think a misunderstanding is created about where the real power lies and that’s a mistake.
Stimulating demand from employers opens up opportunities on the supply side - unemployed people with disability..
Stimulating demand from people with disability may not help at all – there are plenty of candidates (feel free to correct me).
What would have been truly helpful would have been more examples of people with disability presently working (not ‘I used to have a bloke, but not now’) and most importantly, more satisfied employers – these are the levers for change;
That's how to stimulate demand - you don't portray people with disability as deserving of charity, don't portray them as angry at being excluded.
You stimulate demand by showcasing the achievement and positive results from such workers.
Check this short film: http://www.focusonability.com/FOA/films/Jamess_Story_680.html
See how the employers stops noticing James’s disability?
That’s what happens – seen it hundreds of times.
Don’t show people who simply can’t work (feel for them, but not the point here), don’t show people who are work resistant, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with mowing lawns and being in work is a much stronger base from which to seek better work.
Trust me, in the eyes of employers; mowing lawns, cleaning loos and voluntary work all trump being home watching soapies.
Show success in employment - there are heaps of great examples
Finally, don’t praise disability employment services when there are still so many systematic barriers to genuine participation and loopholes in the system are systematically exploited to adjust 'results' – Insight did not point out minimum hour roles get the same credit as full time work, distorting the labour market and effectively excluding people with disability.
That said, well done SBS for keeping the issue alive
Would you like a face-to-face meeting with Martin via Skype? Click the button below to make an appointment
Subscribe to this Blog - blog.novaemployment.com.au Copy the link above and paste it into your favourite Reader to subscribe to an RSS feed of this blog. To watch a short video explanation of RSS and how it helps you save time reading the web click here
Your Comments There are currently no comments on this article
The Star Ratings are out – of course we did well.
I have little faith in their merit and again, here’s why:
A long time ago NOVA chose 2 indicators that we considered to be the best indicators of quality when it came to the services received by job seekers....
I don't get to see the focusonability films before everyone else (well, I might see a couple) but today is my first real chance to see a few and can I say thank you to the terrific film makers who are supporting the competition....
Focusonability is on!
Sometime today madness will erupt when the 200 odd films that make up this year’s ‘Focusonability’ short film competition are made available for viewing and voting....
1. To gain especially for the performance of service, labour, or work: earned money by mowing lawns.
2. To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action: She earned a reputation as a hard worker....
Anyone that reads this blog on a regular basis will know that I am of the opinion that the Star Ratings measure nothing worth measuring - I think things like hours worked and wages earned x time in employment is a much better method....
A late and inspirational entry: http://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/aka_Shegena_571.html
Thank you for introducing me to Mr Shegena who is a privilege to know and an inspiration to listen to....
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Disability and work
There’s some underlying racism running about that suggests that people from CALD backgrounds (those foreign chaps) are either lazy or almost criminal in their desire to exploit Australia’s generous welfare system, get on our DSP and put their feet up....
NOVA only works with people who have disability - we are elitist, no disability - can't come in.
The following numbers represent some of NOVA's recent achievements:
1410 positions show earnings from $18,201 to $37000 plus....
Over 200,000 Australians over 50 are now receiving unemployment benefits, with that number rising by 24,000 in 2013 alone.
The figures come after the Federal Government yesterday announced a new $5....
Worse than I thought!
The Federal Government says the unemployed should be out there looking for work every day as it prepares to make them search for 40 jobs a month and perform 25 hours of weekly community work....
The government will announce Monday that from July next year Work for the Dole will become a mandatory requirement for most Australian jobseekers, including older unemployed, the Daily Telegraph reports....
Sincere thanks to Mr Gilbert Robinson who has acted as our agent in Africa.
It is Gilbert that must take responsibility for both the number and the high standard of these entries and our crossing paths has been most fortunate indeed....
Across all DES-ESS services (that’s programs like NOVA) 37% of people entering the program are found work that is less than 15hrs per week, 38%, less than 30hrs per week (75%) and the remaining....
Ability or Subsidy?
Dear oh dear!
The disaster of aiming low!
Just received a truly tragic indictment of the nonsense that permeates Australia’s disability employment services....
With entries from: China, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Africa, UK, USA (incl....
I can spot smart when I see it (well sometimes) and this just has to be genius:
St George and Sutherland Community College are previous winners of the 'focusonability' film comp (www....
I have some arthritis in my hands, it causes me pain and I have to watch my diet because I also have atherosclerosis and my eyesight's not what it was and....
And I get paid! And I get paid!
There is no greater privilege that could be given me than to be part of the fabulous team that have chosen to give their wholehearted commitment to our work, other than the inspiration that comes from the strength, integrity and 'can-do' that comes from the people we are honoured to work with....
It's my pleasure to announce that the National Australia Bank (www.nab.com.au) have generously offered to sponsor the 'most online votes' section of NOVA's focusonability short film competition....
Autralia's richest - who pays? I pinched this off ninemsn:
Australia's richest people have as much money as the bottom 60 per cent of the country's population, new data shows....