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“The ideal worker to support me would be?”

“The ideal worker to support me would be?”

PHOTO: Left to right – Alison Else (Beyond Today Planning and Support Services), David Maxey-Fisher (IMPACT Community Services) and Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinator Melinda Everett.

“The ideal worker to support me would be?”

This was the question that the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett WorkAbility Qld local working group posed to people with a disability and their families at the 2017 Options Day event in Bundaberg in September.

Working group volunteers manned a stall encouraging people to add their voice to the living display and advocate for the makeup of our future workforce.

Supportive attributes seen as ideal included patience, understanding and empathy as well as the ability to respond to individualised need, initiative and flexibility. Other themes included the ability to understand ‘an ordinary life’, to see and empower potential in others as well as a capacity to think outside of the box.

More than 700 people were expected at the event which showcased the local opportunities for people with a disability. The day featured guest speakers, demonstrations and about 50 exhibitor stands from service providers, education and training providers and employment agencies.