Regular readers will know that I am not a great fan of Australian Disability Enterprises, our flash term for sheltered workshops, where appalling acts of abuse such as this:http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/news/disabled-workers-pay-of-2-an-hour-predatory/story-e6frg2qu-1225894657597 occur.
This abuse is presently happening at sheltered workshops across the country.
We are to blame (this is all of us) since we have allowed the economic rationalists and ideologically driven mandarins of Canberra to determine policy and these bastards have little interest in disability issues, no knowledge of the support needs of their client base and care even less.
Just look at the pathetic rationale in the article and catch the even more disgusting response from the funding body: "A spokesman for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs said Ms Smith had the right to request a reassessment of her wage with CRS but had failed to do so". - So now we know. It's Karen's fault.
This woman has a disability. She is powerless against her employer. She will be unaware of her rights and even less able to action them.
I think if you are going to be totally mean spirited you should at least have the courage to stand up in the face of media scrutiny and attempt to tough it out.
Seriously a win for Karen and that's great and what about the folk that aren't in the media spotlight? There are many folk that either have their hours cut (incidentally, bet you quids this is what happens to this lass now) or are 'reassessed' to suit their hosting organisations cash flow or business needs.
For many years I have strongly suggested that the contradictory instructions given by government to Australian Disability Enterprise operators to both make a profit (at all costs) and continue to provide inclusive and client focused service be changed.
It's a simple question that goes to the heart and purpose of this program:
Do ADE's (save time) exist to provide employment for people with higher support needs or are they to be stand alone businesses?
If they are for people with high support needs then fund places and allow the mainly charitable institutions that work in this sector to carry out their missions.
If they are not then some suitable vocational alternative needs to be created.
In this question the answer should be obvious and this issue should end.
However, there is a second question:
Are ADE's a means of transition to open (and better paid) positions?
Presently it is either impossible to achieve this movement as persons cannot be registered with 2 programs at once. Therefore rather than the old, "work in sheltered employment until an open employment service finds you work/ return should you lose your open employment job", the present system says, 'leave your security and cross your fingers the open employment service 1. Finds you work quick and 2. You stay there.
There's a Parliamentary committee presently discussing the issues around ADE's. The majority of participants are CEO's of sheltered workshops.
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Not so bad! Taken from: Today's Guardian at 4.09pm Tuesday 7th November 2017:
In a world full of discouragement there’s always a space for good news....
The NDIS mantra is 'choice and control'
To be valuable, choice needs to be informed.
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It's voting time at "Focusonability" - with a record number of films entered, a tremendous effort by more than 100 High Schools and 19 countries competing in the International section it was always going to be a hard job to pick a winner....
Choice & Control
The NDIS slogans around choice and control demonstrate the importance of consumer involvement in both the choice and control of supports they need.
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Quality and the Stars Quality and the Stars
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Attended the Disability Employment Australia (DEA) forum in Canberra. THis is a regular get together that offers disability employment services tha chance to be kept up to date from our funding body and also listed to expert speakers on topics associated with the goal of seeing as many people as possible find and keep suitable employment....
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A corner turned?
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Say No to Quotas!
The pernicious idea that 'quota's' might be the solution for disability employment continue:
Faced with the daunting task of improving the number of employment outcomes with out sacrificing the quality of service delivered to people with disability how have we fared (sort of Year in Review II)?
The number of placements made has seriously improved - up 31% in 2015 and a further 14% in 2016, NOVA operates at at rate of placement better than 150% over 2014!
Whats really exciting is that this has been achieved without compromising on the level of disability that can be supported by NOVA's teams (if anything this has risen)....
Famous last words!
O.K. - sorry that you need to cut and paste: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/100-million-payday-for-1anhour-staff-with-disabilities-20161216-gtcius....
Not sure if this will be my last blog post for 2016 but just in case, a quick look back at 2016:
Best ever year for total number of placements
Best ever year for long term employment outcomes
Best ever year for Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Best ever year for Transition to Work outcomes
Best ever year for media coverage
Best ever year for 'Focusonability'
Best ever year for Transition to Work (TTW)
How about 2017?
Looking good, so stay in touch and have a terrific holiday, be safe and hopefully Santa will bring you all that you wish for....
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Best Show on TV Morning All
Sorry you need to cut and paste: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/802326595536/focus-on-ability-film-festival-2016
Best show on TV - bar none and, if you want to skip my bit I get off at 3:10 and you can get straight to some of the truly terrific films from this year's "Focusonability" short film festival....
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Wednesday 2nd November
Short notice (so really appreciate sharing) and we are holding an information session for potential new workers in a variety of roles within NOVA....
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