As young people with disability progress through the secondary school years, they and their family members often wonder:
Families tell us they inevitably arrive at a narrow set of ‘post-school options’. These vary depending on the young person’s assessed readiness for work.
In this session, Fiona introduces participants to the concept of customised employment. It’s a great approach for people with disability who are looking for meaningful work. It helps everyone involved to imagine a broader range of employment possibilities. You may find that your understanding of “work readiness” will shift dramatically!
Participants will get an insight into creating customised employment opportunities. You’ll learn that the most successful approaches always
These insights will be revealed through interactive exercises and actionable information.
This session was introduced by Max Grinsell-Jones.
Hi, my name is Max. I would like to tell you about Fiona McIntosh. Fiona works with Imagine More. She leads their ‘School to Work’ project. She likes to help young people with disability find good and interesting work.
Fiona will be joined by Genna and Jessie Ward. Jessie is in year 12. She loves drama and singing. She is doing an ASBA at a primary school. Jessie wants to help people with disability to be treated fairly.
Genna is Jessie’s Mum. She is an advocate for inclusion. She has always wanted Jessie to have a good life. Fiona, Jessie and Genna will talk about using discovery to find work.
I hope you enjoy this presentation.
Fiona is the School to Work Project Coordinator at Imagine More. This three-year project aims to strengthen the capacity of young people with disability and their families to achieve valued paid employment and self-employment.
Fiona has over 25 years of experience in policy and program development in the ACT Government and local non-government sector. This experience spans housing, homelessness, child welfare and twelve years in the disability sector.
Fiona has a strong interest in creating employment opportunities for young people with disability.
She is a solo mum to a young daughter. In her free time, she loves connecting with nature through camping and walking, creating her own small enterprise, and creating surreal collages.
Jessie is a Canberra-based Year 12 student. She is currently doing a Business ASBA (Australian School Based Apprenticeship) at a local primary school.
Jessie is a dog owner, a circus trainee, and a drama enthusiast who thrives on performing in the school productions. She is also a member of a youth singing group called the Octaves.
Jessie lives with the gifts and disabilities of Koolen de Vries, a super-rare genetic condition. She is passionate about changing discrimination against people with disabilities.
Jessie is very excited about her new job as a Peer Worker in a project collecting the wisdom of people with disabilities.
Genna Ward is Mum to daughter Jessie and a passionate practitioner of and advocate for inclusion. Genna and her partner Kim are very committed to laying the foundations for Jessie’s good life. They are helping her to
In her work life, Genna is a Clinical Psychologist who works in private practice.