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Worried about what your child with a disability will do for work after they finish school?

This is a really common problem for all parents, particularly those whose children have disabilities. Other problems can include:

Not knowing what your child might like to do because they have communication difficulties

Being unaware of work opportunities that might be available

Having some ideas but not knowing where to start

Based on our experience and researching the literature we have developed a 6 step program to help parents get clear on what kinds of jobs their young adult children will love and how to build and work with a network of friends, family, business and services to find or create work opportunities for their child.

What is covered in the program?

The program covers 6 modules of learning that include:

Lead - Create you vision for your child's working life

Discover - Use discovery tools and techniques to identify conditions for success in work, job interests and what your child has to offer employers to create a customised job

Engage - Learn about some alternative communication tools and techniques to discover how your child feels about work roles, tasks and environments.

Network - Learn how to build relationships with people in the community that may be able to support you to find work opportunities

Collaborate - Create and implement a plan with the help of your network to create work opportunities

Support - Ensure that your child and work colleagues receive the right training and support

Ongoing Support

We will also provide mentoring from other parents who have been on the same journey with whom you can problem solve issues.

When is the program run?

This 6 week program will run from 6pm - 8 pm on the following dates:

7 February

14 February

21 February

28 February

7 March

14 March

NDIS Funding

This program can be funded using NDIS funds under the category of Finding and Keeping a Job. We are not registered with the NDIS so can only accept participants who self manage or plan manage their NDIS funding.


Sheree Henley is a Director of Microboards Australia – a non profit organisation that specialises in helping parents create a network of trusted people around their child who will love and support them even when parents no longer can. This network has a formalised legal structure and is called a microboard. One of the things microboards can do is help create work opportunities for the person at the centre.

Sheree is the mother of Isaac, a young man with a complex disability. She has worked with her son’s microboard – Isaac’s Band of Brothers and Sisters Inc to create a social enterprise called Isaac Delivers Isaac’s role as a delivery man has been uniquely crafted for him. He is much loved and appreciated by his clients.

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