What Works?
Employment for people with intellectual disabilities
“Jobsupport is a very important part of my working career and I am so grateful they are there for me and of course for other people"
Gerren, Service Assistant
Jobsupport is the leading employment service in Australia for people with intellectual disability
“I generally sort and file the resident’s medical documents, it’s a very important job. I like the fact I have a routine at work and I earn my own money to save up for my future.”
Nicki (trainer) and Jessica, Administrative Assistant
Jobsupport is the leading employment service in Australia for people with intellectual disability
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Jobsupport is a non-profit organisation committed to improving employment outcomes for people with intellectual disability. Jobsupport works to achieve this in two ways:

1. Providing employment services for people with moderate intellectual disability
2. Sharing information about ‘what works’ in achieving employment for the broader population of people with intellectual disability

 

Jobsupport’s ‘What Works?’ initiative includes:

– Commissioning research to identify what works
– Encouraging an informed choice between DES and SLES services by providing employment outcomes data in a user-friendly format
– Working with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide online training courses about ‘What Works?’ in achieving employment outcomes for people with intellectual disability 

 

Evidence-based Practice Research

Jobsupport defines ‘evidence-based practice’ as service practices that results in measurably greater outcomes when compared to alternate practices. 

Jobsupport commissioned the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Virginia Commonwealth University) and the Center for Disability Studies (University of Sydney) to conduct a review of the available evidence-based best practice in achieving open employment for people with intellectual disability.

Copies of the two reports are available in the links below. It is important to note that Open Employment is termed ‘Supported Employment overseas. The Evaluation of the Moderate Intellectual Disability Loading report is the only Australian report that is focussed specifically on Moderate Intellectual Disability, and is available in the link below.

Evidence-Based Practices Review July 2020

Supported Employment Supplemental Review July 2020

Evaluation of Moderate Intellectual Disability Loading

 

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Training Course

Jobsupport has partnered with VCU to develop an online training course. This course is priced on a cost-recovery basis only. Further information on this course can be found here.

 

Informed Choice Information Sessions

Peter De Natris runs information sessions for school leavers with intellectual disability, their families and teachers each year. The purpose of these information sessions is to assist school leavers in making an informed choice between services. Due to the impact of Covid19, these sessions were no run in 2020. 

Peter’s 2020 presentation can be viewed here (this is a read-only document).

 

DES Service Outcomes

The Disability Employment Service (DES) program publishes star ratings for all services every 3 months. These ratings are for all service participants and are not provided by type of disability. 

DES also publishes employment outcomes by type of disability. The last published outcomes are December 2017. The ‘Searchable Outcomes’ spreadsheet is available below, and allows for searches by type of disability and locality. 

Links to these factsheets are available below:

Latest Star Ratings

Searchable Outcomes by Type of Disability

Intellectual Disability Service Outcomes (Australia  –  Sydney  –  Melbourne  –  Brisbane

 

TTW Service Outcomes

The NSW Transition To Work (TTW) program ran from 2002 and was replaces by the NIDS School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) initiative. No outcome data for the SLES initiative has been released. 

The NSW Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) published the employment outcomes for every service. The final data was published in 2016 for 2013 school leavers. A TTW program ran for 2 years (with a possible 6 month extension). Outcomes were published 2.5 years after each school leaver year. These reported outcomes are for all service participants, and are not provided by type of disability. The ADHC TTW 2009 evaluation reported that 62.3% of all participants had an intellectual disability and 7.6% autism. The original ADHC data is no longer published, but can be found in the following links (each report has subsets of data per local region):

Transition to Work Outcomes: 2004  –  2005  –  2006  –  2007  –  2008  –  2009  –  2010  –  2011  –  2012  –  2013

 

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