New Beginnings

I’ve recently started a new career in disability employment services, and I want to engage with it in a creative form. I’ll be writing about the work I do and offering insights into how to do it better. I also hope to build a network of interested people who can share and develop ideas about how to help people with disabilities meet employment expectations.

 

What I’m hoping to offer here is a discussion of the ideas behind disability employment services. I’m interested in the philosophy behind the cases, not the administration of the service. Anyone who is in this industry feels the weight of bureaucracy every day. This will be a space for positive ideas, not complaints about the system.

 

I mostly manage children with disabilities, so what I can and can’t talk about is heavily (and rightly) policed. Don’t expect to see fine details of cases here, and please don’t ask for them. I welcome any comments and discussion, but ask that you self-moderate or face the banhammer.

 

Some of the questions I’m hoping to cover are:

  •             How and why did our notions of disability form?
  •             How can emerging technology be used to enable the disabled?
  •             What is the idea of employment all about?
  •             What expectations do we place on disabled jobseekers, and why?
  •             What expectations do disabled jobseekers place on us?

 

I’ll try to come from both an academic and popular perspective, and where possible, offer real examples from my experiences. I invite you to do the same, remembering that this is in the public domain, and there are some things that don’t belong here. Please include any suggestions for what you’d like to see discussed in the comments below.

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3 Comments on “New Beginnings”

  1. I think it is great you are opening up a discussion around these topics and am particularly interested in how emerging technology is being used within this sector. I have previously read articles about how the iPad is being used successfully in this field and would love to hear how you are personally using tech.

    • Thanks Kelvin, it’s definitely exciting to see emerging technology used to help people with disabilities. One of my clients has been using an iPad to take orders in their restaurant, allowing them to use a larger font. I’d love if he could combine that with Fruit Ninja, just for the cool factor. More seriously, non-text interfaces are a growth market, particularly for those with learning disabilities and literacy deficiencies.

  2. Hey DG,

    I have to admit, I never saw you in the disability employment services sector. Having said that, I haven’t actually seen you in years so I have no idea what you’ve been up to.

    Erin and I have friends in Canada whose son has cerebral palsy. He’s four (maybe coming on 5), has literally just started to walk (a few steps) on his own with the aid of a walker (the thing is huge and unwieldy), needs to be supported to sit upright, and has yet to start talking. He’s a bright kid though and very engaged in his school which has both kids with disabilities and able-bodied kids in the classroom. They bought an iPad when they first came out and he uses it to ask for things and to communicate with them. That one piece of tech (I believe) really was a game-changer for them and has made their lives just that little bit easier.

    Anyway, good luck with the new(ish) job and I’ll be following your posts.

    D.


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