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.
Open employment (also referred to as mainstream employment) is when people with and without disability work together in regular jobs.
Open employment is open to all people, including people with intellectual disability. This means that people with and without intellectual disability work together in the same workplaces.
Employment Business Connection service
The employment connection service connects employers to people with Down syndrome, and provides support with recruitment, training and support for both the person with Down syndrome and the business.
The Business Connector Service uses a flexible, tailored approach to work with interested businesses to provide:
- information on how to best support people with Down syndrome into open employment
- information on customised employment and job carving
- advice and support to develop Easy Read accessible resources
- support recruitment and connection to the right person with Down syndrome for the role
- advice on linking to on the job support.
If you would like more information about this program in your area, contact your local state or territory Down syndrome association:
Resources for Employers
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Contact Down Syndrome Australia for more information about this program.