Applying for and getting a job can be hard – let alone keeping it! The prospect of employment might even feel impossible at times. Luckily, there are many organisations that offer employment assistance to people with disability. They can connect you with employers who understand disability and make reasonable adjustments to their recruitment practices and working conditions to support people of all abilities to be successful in the workplace. Some disability employment services offer workplace training for employers and colleagues to better understand autism, disability, and neurodiversity, and what are some reasonable accommodations that might be necessary to support autistic employees.
Disability Employment services are funded by the Australian Government, and can help people with a disability find work and maintain employment. Sometimes people with a disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for employment, finding a job and keeping a job.
Organisations that provide Disability Employment Services are often referred to as DES providers. DES providers are a mix of large, medium and small for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. They can provide support to both the person with a disability and employers. Disability Employment Services has two parts: Disability Management Services - to assist people with a disability to find a job and occasional support, as Employment Support Service which provides regular ongoing assistance and support in the workplace to maintain employment.
JobAccess can provide you with all the information you need on disability employment, including Disability Employment Services.
Here are some disability employment services, available in Australia. Some offer services to people with a range of disabilities and some provide autism-specific services.
Aspect Capable are located in New South Wales, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. They offer autism-specific mentoring and support with:
EPIC Assist are located in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. They mainly help school leavers to find apprenticeships, traineeships and other forms of entry-level employment.
The DXC Dandelion Program is an employment program for autistic people specialising in areas such as technology, cyber security and analytics.
Specialisterne works all over the world with the goal of creating new jobs for autistic people. They focus on promoting each individual’s unique skills, removing the barriers associated with traditional recruitment processes, and highlighting the benefits of neurodiversity in the workforce.
AIM Employment is run by the Autism Association of Western Australia. This program provides assistance to autistic people aged sixteen and over. It offers a variety of supports related to finding and keeping work, as well as specific help for those transitioning from school to the workforce.
More information about employment support services can be found at Autism Spectum Australia's LaunchPad.