People with Down syndrome want to work for the same reasons as everyone else – so that they can be independent, contribute to society, earn their own money, learn new skills, meet new people, and feel valued. However, only 11% of people with intellectual disability aged over 15 who receive disability services, work in open mainstream employment. We know there are many employers out there who do want to employ people with Down syndrome but just aren’t sure how. Down syndrome Australia has been working with our Down Syndrome Advisory Network to develop resources for employers to provide more information and to help answer any questions about adjustments on the job, ways to support people in work and how to build an inclusive workplace culture. The resources include a video, case studies, work day schedules, employer and employee Guides and presentations. We also have a new app in development that features a range of common questions about employment with responses from people with Down syndrome themselves. Kylie will present the tools and resources that have been developed. Andrew will share his experiences in relation to work and some of the challenges and benefits for him and his work colleagues.
National ILC Project Manager
Down Syndrome Australia
Kylie is the National ILC Project Manager for Down Syndrome Australia. Kylie has extensive experience managing resource development, project management and reporting through senior roles in the not for profit sector over the past 20 years. With a focus on community inclusion, Kylie has managed the development of a Community Inclusion Toolkit and app to support inclusion in education, employment, health and community groups.
Down Syndrome Advisory Network - Down Syndrome Australia
Andrew is the deputy chair of the Down syndrome Australia Advisory Network. The Down syndrome Advisory Network is a group of people with Down syndrome from across the country who advise DSA on all program, policy and advocacy work. Andrew is working in mainstream employment with HCF and lives independently in his own apartment.