We Have the Ability, Although we have a disability


Work for some but not all!

Work is fundamental to our lives. It means so much more than a paycheck, to some it
offers purpose and the opportunity to lead an independent, self-directed life for all
people, especially people with disabilities.

Too often, individuals with disabilities become defined by their disability and that becomes the only thing people see. Once a person is seen as their disability, all sorts of limitations are imposed on them and their future can become very narrow. But while an individual’s disability contributes to the person they are, it does not define them.


People with disabilities are people whose lives are shaped by many different experiences, just like everyone else. And like people without disabilities, people with disabilities have skills and talents to bring to the workplace. The Australian Disability Enterprise began in the early 1950s when families of people with a disability wanted to provide a vocational activity for people with disability. At this time employment opportunities for people with disability were extremely limited.

These organisations are primarily not for profit organisations, with profits reinvested in the employees with a disability or supplementary services for these employees which are mostly vocational. People with disabilities have the skills to pursue meaningful careers and play an important role in Australian’s educational and economic success. In fact, experience with a disability can offer a competitive edge when it comes to work. If you are a person with a disability, only you can define your own limitations. High expectations are essential to success.


Organisations exist that can help you seek employment, identify the tools you need to be productive on the job, and understand your right to be evaluated on your abilities and not a disability. Because after all, at work, it’s what people do that really matters. The work undertaken in is often of a kind that would generally be undertaken by automated processes and has a very low-profit margin.


The purpose of the work is not to make a profit but to allow the person with a disability the opportunity to engage in an employment environment, providing a sense of contribution and the dignity of work. This Streamed of funding is being phased out and has begun in 2015. At Hoxton Industries, they encourage and train its employees to move out to integrated employment, until now.

With Changes coming into the NDIS in 2016, Hoxton Industries are trialling integrated employment. Keeping the employees comfort, goals, culture and achievements at Hoxton.