After the best part of thirty years it shouldn't be necessary to make a case that disability employment is different from mainstream employment, not in the desired outcome (we both make taxpayers), but in the process.
You cannot simply add money (subsidy) to the mainstream job services and expect that the issue of people with disability and long term employment will simply evaporate.
Successful placement and long term retention of workers with disabilities requires a number of elements to align:
1. A correct understanding of the impact and implications of disability.
2. An ability to convey the impact of disability to employers &
3. A well trained and resourced team capable of supplying effective post placement support.
I doubt that many organisations have the technical and human resource skills to provide high quality vocational assistance to people with disability AND their non-disabled peers.
It's a worry that this isn't clearly understood.
Outcome rates for people with disability have dropped under a misunderstanding of what constitutes high performance, it's never been how quickly a person is seen or how many short hour short term positions can be found (at least not for people with disability).
High performance in the disability employment arena should relate to total hours worked, length of employment and wages earned, these are the true quality indicators for financial independence and worker satisfaction.
Sadly, as we move into an era of so called choice and control the things that would make these options valuable, access to current information and meaningful statistics, simply aren't available.
The Disability Employment Service network isn't Job Access: its not like it, doesn't work the same way, does not easily allow comparison and requires a different skill set for success.
That this isn't understood beggars the imagination.
I'm not plugging my book and if you want to see what's actually required for decent service to people with disability call us for your copy of The 10 Demandments - I've seen the shortcuts and here is how you can avoid being taken on them.
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