For someone with Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities, it can seem daunting or even an impossibility that they might find themselves in secure, rewarding and permanent employment.
Madi’s experience with us has been incredibly successful – starting with work experience and moving onto permanent open employment.
People often want to know how it happened and how long it took. So, here is the actual timeline!
24th Dec 2018 – Message from Madi via Facebook asking for work experience.
31st Dec 2018 – Meeting with Madi at Starfish.
3rd Jan 2019 – Phone call then meeting with Janelle (Madi’s mother) at Starfish – without Madi present.
8th Jan 2019 – Meeting with Madi and Janelle at Starfish to plan out start date and times. To start with, work experience was decided upon.
10th Jan 2019 – Madi started work experience. 2hrs (1pm – 3pm)
Madi represented Australia in the Special Olympics. She was away for several weeks.
21st March 2019 – Increased hours. 3hrs (12noon – 3pm)
6th June 2019 – Increased hours. 4hr (12noon – 4pm)
25th June 2019 – Started Permanent Part time employment. (Tuesdays 9.45am – 12.45pm and Thursdays 1.15pm – 5.15pm)
That is where we are at the moment.
Madi would like to do a Retail Traineeship. This is something we are keen to look at, depending on how much work we have for Madi.
Key Take Homes
- It took almost 6 months of work experience before Madi moved to permanent open employment
- Work experience was increased very gradually
- Once Madi was easily doing 4hours of work experience on a day, we felt she was definitely “earning her keep” and employment was well deserved
- It is not uncommon for people with intellectual disabilities to do 600ors of work experience before moving to open employment. Indeed, a good amount of work experience makes transition to employment smoother and for successful.
It is so worth it.
Want to learn more about employing someone with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, the things we’ve found to be crucial (and at times surprising) to making “it” work so well for us? We’ve put together a series of posts so everyone who needs this information can easily access it.
- The Accidental Employer: the back story of how we came to employ someone with an intellectual disability
- Perfect Match: getting the right fit
- Savvy Collaboration: Communication with ALL the key players
- Taking the Pressure off: when employing someone with Autism and Intellectual disabilities.
- Eye on the road but hand on the wheel: having flexible goals when employing people with disabilities.
- Longing to Belong: truly inclusive practice at work.
- Routines = Success: employing people with ASD or Intellectual disabilities.
- Teach then train: best way to push beyond the present.
- Making the most of support: accessing what is available.
- From work experience to employment: the time frame
- A moment with Emily: a sister’s perspective
- A moment with Janelle: a family’s experience of the process
- A moment with Julie: observations from The Disability Trust Business Development Officer