Just over a year ago my daughter Kate gained open employment with Valmont an event that has truly changed Kate’s life. Kate loves her job and has grown so much as a result.

This opportunity came as a result of an advert in the Down Syndrome NSW eNewsletter and after contacting Valmont we connected them with JobSupport who then worked with Valmont to develop a work plan and assess if Kate had the appropriate skills to meet the needs of Valmont.

We still remember getting the call that Kate “got the job”. Kate has never looked back.

I’m running in the City2Surf to raise awareness and to support Down Syndrome NSW in continuing to create opportunities like they did for Kate. https://city2surf2015.everydayhero.com/au/greg

The facts are that people with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in Australia’s workforce and the gap in employment outcomes for people with and without disabilities has widened. A Deloitte Access Economics report stated “The economic modelling presented in this report suggests that closing the gap between labour market participation rates and unemployment rates for people with and without disabilities by one-third would result in a cumulative $43 billion increase in Australia’s GDP over the next decade in real dollar terms.” The full report with all the facts is here http://www.and.org.au/data/Conference/DAE_Report_8May.pdf.  Whilst this report is from 2011 evidence indicates little progress has been made since.

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