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Employment of people with disabilities is gaining increasing attention in Australia and is slowly catching the interest of traditional business leaders, according to experts at Flinders University.

To address these issues, the Flinders University Center for Social Impact is hosting an international conference in Adelaide on August 3-4. It aims to stimulate increased efforts and create more innovative opportunities for people with disabilities to find gainful employment.

Jung Yoon of the Center for Social Impact at Flinders University
“We need a better understanding of the employment of people with disabilities, including dementia and autism, and their potential to be part of more inclusive and innovative workplaces,” says conference organizer , Ms. Jung Yoon, of the Flinders Center for Social Impact.

To overcome barriers to employment and discuss better pathways, Flinders University researchers will join experts from Australia and abroad at the cross-cultural conference ‘Innovation in Disability Employment’, in partnership with the Agency for Disability Employment. South Korean government employment for people with disabilities.

The Korea Disability Employment Agency (KEAD) provides multiple placement services, job training, assistive technology devices, and personal support to people with disabilities throughout South Korea.

Flinders social scientist Dr Claire Hutchinson conducts research on disability and aging,
“Australia and South Korea have very different disability employment support systems,” Ms Yoon says.

“Korea has a mandatory employment quota system for people with disabilities, and the government has introduced a subsidiary-type standard workplace system to encourage large companies to employ people with disabilities.

“Under this system, a parent company or a large company can set up subsidiaries for the purpose of employing people with disabilities.”

As a result, more than 100 disability employment subsidiaries have been established in South Korea by companies such as LG and Samsung (2020 KEAD report). The mandatory job quota system has also introduced training in job skills as diverse as 3D printing, drone control, digital design. and other technology skills and then tapped into a large pool of new workers in Korea.

In contrast, Australia supports a voluntary approach to individual person-centred approaches to employing people with disabilities, providing funding and various services to support the employment of people with disabilities.

“Both systems face common challenges such as negative public perception and lack of understanding of disability, which significantly affects the low employment rate of people with disabilities,” says Ms Yoon.

Adelaide entrepreneur Michael Mooney runs his own micro business
“We can learn from various approaches to disability employment policies to improve outcomes.”

Other experts speaking at the conference say accessible, inclusive and innovative work environments help people with physical and cognitive disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders achieve socio-economic equity and higher quality. of life.

Self-employment through “micro-enterprise” businesses is another option for people with cognitive and other disabilities, says Dr Claire Hutchinson, of Flinders University Health and Social Care Economics Group.

“Microenterprise can be tailored to the passions, goals and abilities of people with disabilities,” she says. “Our research demonstrates that business owners achieve a number of valuable outcomes, including the development of business acumen, social skills, confidence and autonomy, and that they play a significant role in contributing to their community.”

Dr Hutchinson recently published studies on people with intellectual disabilities as business owners and the prospects of people with ASD in mainstream employment in Australia.

Sue Roff
Other guest speakers at the Flinders University Innovation in Disability Employment Conference include:

Lisa Gorman, a nurse and fashion designer from Melbourne who advocates for disabled employment and cultural collaborations with Indigenous artists. Gorman Womenswear includes an extensive collection of clothing designed with disabled artists and the Arts Projects Australia (APA) program.

Michael Mooney, who lives with hearing loss, speech impairment and learning disabilities, has started his own micro-business delivering fresh produce to customers in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Sue Roff, Executive Director of Arts Project Australia.

Robbi Williams, CEO of the Julia Farr Group and the Purple Orange initiative.

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