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On the pathway to employment

Published 6th September, 2016
Therapy Focus has been working closely with National Disability Services (NDS) to host information sessions about the Pathway to Employment Framework, which is aimed at supporting teenagers with disabilities to find meaningful work.

The framework provides participants of the NDIS trials with activities, strategies and resources that support a goal of securing work after finishing school. It’s designed to support service providers, school leavers with disability and their families to work together during the development and implementation of their NDIS Plan.

Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Glenna Tan, coordinated separate information sessions for both Therapy Focus clinicians and families receiving services at the Goollelal School office in August.  She said the sessions, which were hosted by NDS Project Officer, Gaelen Williams, were an opportunity for both clinicians and families to gain an in-depth insight into the transition to employment.

“The framework is twofold, covering both pre-employment preparation and on the job support. This includes exploring interests, skill building, interview preparation, application processes, communication with employers and collaboration with support agencies such as disability employment services,” Glenna said.

Sessions have also been held at Therapy Focus’ Bassendean, Mirrabooka and Bentley offices, with feedback from both staff and families very positive.

“Families found the sessions to be very useful, as the transition from school to employment can be a very daunting and uncertain time. They appreciated the opportunity to ask someone all their questions and gain some direction about the next steps,” Glenna said.

“Clinicians and support staff were also able to gain great insights from someone as knowledgeable as Gaelen, who was able to provide specific strategies and ideas for individual clients and their families.

For more information and access to a range of resources visit the NDS website. To find out how Therapy Focus can support teenagers and adults in the transition to employment visit our Transitions page or call us on 1300 135 373.

 Participants at an NDS Employment information session

Pictured: Helen Cairns and her son, Christopher (R), with NDS Project Officer, Gaelen Williams (L) at an information session.

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