Group helping those a disability find a job

ONE in five Australians is living with a disability but only 53 percent of people with a disability are employed.

Thanks to JobSupport which specialises in helping young people with an intellectual disability to find employment, Marwa has been working at Bupa Aged Care in Greenacre in laundry services for the past five months.
A soccer fan and learning to drive, Marwa said: “Working in aged care is greater than I thought it would be. I really enjoy saying hello to people and seeing them smile. Everyone here has been so nice to me.”
The home’s Acting General Manager, Barbara Chipere says Marwa has been a great addition to the team.
“The most important attribute for someone to work at Bupa is that they’re caring. Marwa has this quality in spades,” Ms Chipere said.
“We have worked with Marwa’s case manager to develop a training program which highlights what works well and what challenges we need to overcome so we can ensure Marwa has a long career with us.”
JobSupport Manager Melissa Clark said people with disability spend much of their lives overcoming barriers and one that’s often out of their hands is finding a job.
“We support employers like Bupa in helping employees fit into their role and in the process, are helping to change perceptions of what people with a disability can achieve in the workplace,” she said.