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Access: Jacinda, please can you help disabled people find employment?

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  • Kevin McCready,

    Auckland • Since Jun 2013 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    My email to Jacinda must have woven its way through the bureaucratic ether and this afternoon I got a phone call from someone in Work and Income's employment service asking whether I was looking for some help with finding Oscar a job. He could meet with him and have a chat about options, but as Oscar was on the Supported Living benefit he was not obligated to work. I said I was not specifically looking for work for Oscar (although that would be great) but the thousands of disabled people generally who didn't have jobs.

    It turned out the email had landed in his inbox, forwarded from the office of the Minister for Disability Issues. I said I had hoped it would land on the Minister of Employment's desk. So we had a chat about the problems of finding work for people with disabilities, and we will also talk in the new year about possible work opportunities for Oscar.

    I wonder if I will get any more responses to my email?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3169 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I've published a revised edition for a global Internet audience of "The Driverless Road Ahead" on Medium. In the meantime we're still waiting for the Future of Work manifesto to properly go from theory to practice.

    And in the new year I'm taking the plunge with Dev Academy - which has finally been NZQA approved and hence eligible for student loans.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5399 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    And in the new year I’m taking the plunge with Dev Academy – which has finally been NZQA approved and hence eligible for student loans.

    Good for you. Best of luck!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    This sounds great in theory but I wonder whether it actually means real jobs for real people.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3169 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    this afternoon I got a phone call

    what a coincidence!

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3169 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    There is an interesting conference on Labour, Employment and Work (https://lewconf.co.nz/) taking place this week in Wellington. Unfortunately, there don't appear to be any papers on disability. I considered putting in an abstract, but couldn't afford another conference (fees and time are expensive when most of your work is voluntary and your income comes from a few contracts).

    But this is symptomatic of a bigger problem. Although 24% of the population identified as disabled in the 2013 census we have no academic departments or network of scholars or academics critiquing or advocating on disability issues. Again, disability is niche - assumed to be neither interesting or relevant to the wider population.

    I wonder how this could be turned around?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3169 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    disability employment guidelines

    Guidelines for employment *support providers*. Avoids tackling the biggest barrier which is the beliefs and behaviours of employers.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Happy International Disability Day. Time to smash ableism!

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3169 posts Report Reply

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