Barriers people living with disability face finding work under microscope at royal commission, as Olivia finds purpose in employment – ABC News (Nas Campanella | November 2021)

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For Olivia Sidhu, having a job that pays a proper wage is the “greatest achievement” of her life.

This great ABC News story highlights the challenges and barriers confronting disabled Australians when it comes to employment and engaging with the workforce. This story and the testimony to the Royal Commission highlight why we are passionate about disability entrepreneurship.

The 22-year-old Sydney woman lives with Down syndrome and has begun working part-time for an inner-city architecture firm.

“Having a job gives me independence and a sense of purpose,” Ms Sidhu said.

“I wasn’t nervous on my first day, I felt very confident.”

While Ms Sidhu is settling into her administration job, many other people with disability remain unemployed.

The disability royal commission has heard 53.4 per cent of people with disability of working age were unemployed in 2018.

This great ABC News story highlights the challenges and barriers confronting disableed Australians when it comes to employment and engaging with the workforce. This story and the testimony to the Royal Commission highlight why we are passionate about disability entrepreneurship.

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