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On a weekend, you might find Michael practising a new song or rapping. He is a lively young man who brings any party to life. Michael feels that finding a job has given him a greater sense of confidence, independence and the ability to further develop himself.
Michael was seeking an employer that would be inclusive, helpful and provide a long term role. He was very proactive and worked with the Employment Liaison Consultants at Ability Options to discuss his goals and identify opportunities for himself. He also identified some areas where he could receive support to assist with his vision impairment.
With the efforts of Ability Options Employer Liaison Consultants an Administrative Assistant position was negotiated for Michael at Differently Abled People Association (DAPA) in Homebush.
He performed very well in the interview and was offered an opportunity for work experience for a number of weeks so that the organisation could determine his suitability for the role. DAPA then offered him a position. Michael was provided with fortnightly on the job support from Ability Options to help him settle into the role after being away from the workforce for a number of years.
Due to Michael’s vision impairment, Ability Options organised a workplace assessment through the JobAccess program that allowed Michael to receive workplace modifications through assistive technology. He was provided a new computer that had in-built zooming technology that would aid in vision.
Michael has now hit six months of employment and “has been a helpful member of the team” according to Mr. Yu. Mr. Yu from DAPA“
Michael says ”it’s definitely a big change, being back in the workforce after more than two years. It’s great being back into the swing of things. It gives me the drive and motivation to get up each morning with a smile. I really enjoy working with the team here.”
Ability Options are always ready to assist employers find the right candidate for the role. We can work with you to job carve out a role based around certain tasks and then finding the best candidate for that role. Not only are you getting the job done, you are also adding value to your organisation and to the wider community.
If you are an employer looking to hire staff or if you are looking for a job, we can help connect you through our employment services.
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