There are numerous obstacles people can face when it comes to finding and keeping jobs. Various disability policies have been implemented in organisations to ensure equal opportunities, job satisfaction and job retention. We will discuss some strategies individuals can use to overcome barriers and strive for a successful career despite disability.
Barriers to Employment of People with Disability
Before exploring the strategies for overcoming barriers in the job market, it is crucial to highlight the challenges NDIS participants may face in the job market.
Prejudice and Discrimination
Prejudice and discrimination from potential employers and co-workers are among the biggest challenges for people with disability looking for jobs. The misconceptions about their capabilities may lead to unfair treatment and limited work opportunities.
Fear of Job Loss and Financial Insecurity
Fear of losing disability benefits or financial insecurity also discourages people with a disability from pursuing employment. Even with the available support from the NDIS, these individuals still need reassurance from employers about their future in the workplace and their benefits.
A lot of workplaces have undergone significant restructuring to improve accessibility for people living with a disability. However, some facilities still lack the proper infrastructure and modifications, making navigating the environment and performing tasks challenging.
Inadequate Training and Support
Some people with disability may require specific training and additional support to perform their jobs. Your NDIS plan management advisor can assist you in determining whether your plan includes funding for employment training that aligns with your NDIS plan goals.
Strategies to Overcome Barriers and Secure Employment
Build Self-Confidence and Advocacy Skills
Developing self-advocacy skills empowers participants to communicate their needs and accommodations effectively during interviews and in the workplace. This not only improves communication but also boosts your confidence, which can lead to greater success in your career.
Seek Support from Disability Employment Services
The NDIS provides funding for participants to secure and retain their jobs via NDIS employment support. Such disability employment services also provide job counselling, skill development, resume assistance, interview preparation, and connections to job opportunities.
Research and Target Disability-Friendly Employers
Looking for inclusive organisations can also help you find a workplace that has a conducive working environment for all including having accessible workstations and accommodating policies.
Network and Online Job Portals
Networking is a powerful tool for job seekers, and people with a disability are encouraged to attend job fairs, networking events, and workshops to see what career opportunities are available.
Demonstrate Accommodations and Solutions
During job interviews, it is crucial to emphasise the accommodations and modifications needed to perform better in the workplace. Presenting these solutions proactively can reduce any potential employer concerns and ensure the workplace could be a right fit.
Be Prepared for Interview Challenges
Interviews can be worrying for job seekers, so mock interviews can be a way to address potential questions about accommodations and demonstrate how your abilities can benefit their workplace. Through the NDIS, you can access professional help to teach you how to respond to interview questions and express yourself about your disability.
Pursuing Internships and Volunteering
Internships are great steppingstones toward permanent employment. These opportunities provide valuable work experiences, helping you build professional networks while demonstrating a commitment to learning and growth. People living with a disability can also use these avenues to advocate for inclusive workplace policies through NDIS employment support, while having a positive impact for the future generation and others in a similar situation.
Staying Informed About Disability Rights
People with a disability can familiarise themselves with disability rights and relevant laws that protect against workplace discrimination. Knowing your rights helps you to assert yourself and seek assistance if necessary. Familiarise yourself with the NDIS employment support to ensure your eligible employer provides the necessary supports.
NDIS Employment Support
The NDIS funds employment support for participants who need assistance to break barriers and pursue career goals. The NDIS employment support can be responsible for the following:
- Personal care and support in the workplace
- Transport support to and from work if a participant cannot use public transport without difficulty
- Supports you regularly need to help you find and keep a job – support is only offered if you can work
- Support in the transition to work when you need extra support
Finding employment opportunities for people with disability requires self-confidence, targeted job searches, and supportive networks. Overcoming the employment barriers entails challenging stereotypes and advocating for equal opportunities. People with disability can find meaningful and fulfilling work that fosters personal and professional growth by showing their unique perspectives and skills that promote inclusivity. Therefore, employers and the community must realise the value of diversity in the workforce to create an environment that embraces the potential and talent of people with or without a disability.