Joshua Gray works as a trainee at Hotel Etico in the Blue Mountains and shares his employment success story.
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By Joshua Gray, NSW

I feel happy. I am confident. For the first time Iโ€™m allowed to be independent.  

I like to do good work. Having a job makes me feel confident because I like giving back to the community.  

We have to make sure everything is cleaned up in the rooms at Hotel Etico. I try to make sure to pick up the bags, clean the dishes, rinse them, and put the dirty towels in the basket. Also, we help each other together doing the beds. We have to make sure everything is cleaned up in the rooms.  

I also do waitering, work in the bar and kitchen and do shopping. 

The hardest part of the job is balancing the dishes.  

The best part of my job is meeting people and feeling valued.  

Inclusion is important because we can learn from each other.  

It is good to earn our own money. Iโ€™d like to move out somewhere. To move out and maybe have a roommate.  


  1. Katrina Sneath

    I live independently in my own flat and encourage people with disabilities/people with Down Syndrome to move out and gain independence skills. I would love them to have flatmates when they are comfortable like ๐Ÿ‘ how Josh explained he would love a flatmate sometime in the future. I wish everyone with DS/disability have high expectations to do anything that is possible like getting a job that they really really ๐Ÿ’• love. Like how Josh, the other trainees and I loves working for Hotel Etico as much as we all do.

  2. Charlotte Gardiner

    Love your work Joshua and I hope you get that house and a great roommate ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ