Australian Disability Enterprise
Formerly referred to as Sheltered Workshops. Find an ADE http://www.ade.org.au/ades-directory/ade-interactive-map ADE’s are organisations that provide employment opportunities for people with a disability or disadvantaged people to work in a protective, segregated environment. While there are opportunities to complete real work and be taught new skills, the work is often described as repetitive and unchallenging and the wages are remarkably low.
Mobile work crews
A group of people with disabilities who visit different work sites in the local community undertaking a variety of different tasks, with a supervisor. These may be primarily in one skill area, like lawn mowing crews, or may be across a range of activities e.g. in the horticultural and agricultural area, or cleaning services. These crews are usually part of an ADE.
A group of people with disabilities work in one company. The work enclave model is similar to that of mobile work crews except that work enclaves are not mobile. Both Mobile Work Crews and Work Enclaves predominantly run on a co-operative basis, with monies earned being shared amongst the crew after expenses have been deducted.
Youth Point is a free early intervention employment initiative developed by the IMVC. It aims to support young people to access real jobs - and improve their opportunity to build relationships and linkages with employers.
Youth Point will provide 15-25 year olds with direct access to casual, part-time, full-time, traineeship, apprenticeship, volunteering and work experience opportunities.
Further information can be found at www.youthpoint.org.au
The AED Legal Centre provides legal advocacy to people with a disability in the areas of employment, education and training.
If you have concerns about your employment conditions you can contact http://www.aed.org.au/
Employment initiatives at Down Syndrome Victoria
Down Syndrome Victoria is working to improve access to employment for people who have Down Syndrome. Thanks to the Sunsuper Dreams for a better world campaign in early 2015, we have been able to develop a resource to assist employers to consider employing people who have Down syndrome. We are also developing a database of individuals looking for work, who we can connect with employers who approach us offering work. If you would like to be included please contact the Adult Support Manager on 9486 9600 ext. 202
The Department of Social Services is currently working on improving access to employment for people who have disability, with a particular focus on increasing participation in employment for people who have an intellectual disability. To be involved in consultations in click here.