Disability Employment: Any Time, Any Age

Finding the right job for you can be a daunting task. What do you want to do? What are your skills? What do you enjoy? This task can be even harder if you are an individual with a disability.

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According to the ABS in 2012, nearly half (47.3%) of all working-age people with disability were not in the labour force, that is they were neither employed or actively looking for work. The ABS also states that their participation rate beaked between 25-34 years old. This means that young school leavers or middle-aged and older workers were, for a number of different reasons, not largely participating in the work force.

Entering the workforce can be an extremely rewarding and fun experience. It will offer you financial freedom, structure and a chance for social interaction. A job can also give you a sense of identity and belonging within the community, as you can see your work and contributing to a bigger picture.

So I am here to tell you that there are jobs out there for people with disabilities of all ages. While entering the work place might be a scary thought whether you worry about facing discrimination, not being able to keep up or have insecurities about re-entering the work force after a long period off, there are services out there to help you.

As an individual with a disability you have a number of options to help you with employment. There are many open employment services that can help you find your place in many different fields of employment. There are also social enterprises which can offer you a supportive work environment and can provide work that caters to the special needs that you might have or facing any barrier to employment.

At Hoxton we offer this supportive environment for anyone facing barriers to mainstream employment. Providing jobs with different levels of difficulties that cater to all different skills. We offer a fun, respectful and inclusive workplace where you can see your skills grow. Hoxton also offers many chances for friendships to grow with social outings and an integrated workforce, so you can interact with people of many backgrounds and barriers to employment.

Author; Arielle Jones, supporting you in your employment journey

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Disability Employment: What a Job Can Offer You

Many people’s jobs make up a large part of their identity, so for people facing barriers to employment it can sometimes have a real effect on one’s self esteem. A job means routine, socialising and financial stability, things that all people naturally crave. Jobs for people with disabilities can be so important, providing individuals with these needs..

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Social opportunities
A job can be a great place for you to meet new people and create new friendships. Jobs for people with disabilities can be extremely important when it comes to broadening ones social circle. A job offers people a chance to come in to a team environment where they have to work together, building their social skills and expanding friendships.

Self-Esteem
Jobs for people with disabilities means just as much to them, if not more, than it does to able bodied people as people with disabilities are more likely to face exclusion and discrimination. Jobs for people with disabilities provide a sense of self-esteem as it gives you a sense of inclusion and routine that is contributing back to society. You can see the jobs they have done out in the world, such as on the shelf at a store, and feel proud.

Financial Stability
Jobs for people with disabilities also provides that one thing that we are all looking for when it comes to finding a job, a steady pay check. This provides a sense of financial stability and a chance for you to make their own money. This gives you some more financial freedom and the ability to rely less on a pension. This financial freedom provides you with the chance to go out and socialise with your newly made friends.

So where do you find the right job..
Hoxton has been providing jobs for people with disabilities for over 40 years. Hoxton offers a fun, respectful and honest workplace that provides you with social and workplace opportunities. With a social club that provides opportunities for fun with friends and a supportive workplace that offers training on a variety of skills, Hoxton is a popular workplace. Check out their website for more information.

Author: Arielle Jones, Helping you achieve fulfilling employment

Jobs For All Levels Of Disability – Hoxton

All can be accomplished

People with disabilities have ability; the level of ability should not discriminate their goals and achievements. Being able to be fit in the workplace and feel they have contributed in day to day activities, no matter the level of disability they have. Records show that relatively few people so far have been transferred from the workshops to the “integrated employment settings”. Why is this? Many people can speculate, but I believe it to be the level of comfort, support and social activities these ADE’s give its employees.  Being welcomed and not having to fear the unknown. Making friends, going on outings, celebrating everything that can be celebrated. Living life to its fullest.

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How can this be?

A non for profit organisation that employ’s jobs for people with disabilities.
An ADE is Non for Profit, regardless of some negative thoughts on the actual terminology. “Sheltered Workshops” are run for its employees. All funds go back to the employee’s full stop. This is truly a place where employees call home and a place to belong without prejudice.

The Future with disabilities is bright

At Hoxton Industries, they encourage and train its employees to move out to integrated employment, until now. With Changes coming in to the NDIS in 2016, Hoxton Industries are trialling integrated employment in reverse. They are bringing in able bodies to work alongside people with disabilities. Keeping the employees comfort, goals, culture and achievement’s at Hoxton. Will it work?  Only time will tell.

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Author: George Boutros: Hoxton Industries; moving into tomorrow, today. 

We Have the Ability, Although we have a disability

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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.

FACTS ABOUT JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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.

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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.

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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.

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