Of late, we have shared news stories about both employers seeing the value of engaging staff who live with a disability, as well as people who live with a disability who are enjoying success with an enterprise they have set up. These are things to celebrate and congratulate.
However, that is not the full story.
Members of the team have heard, and in some cases experienced prejudice and intolerance at work. These can see people unfairly dismissed, bullied or otherwise mistreated.
This experience can have an awful impact on a person’s mental health, wellbeing and sense of dignity. This is exactly why in places like North America, the UK and Europe, people who live with a disability are more entrepreneurial than their able-bodied peers. This is in part so they can structure their work time/space to accommodate their disability and to escape prejudice at work.
The same is not true of Australia. When you dig a little deeper you can find people struggle with isolation/lack of peer support, insufficient information and the lack of resources to have a go themselves.
This is exactly why we are setting up Enabled.vip. The goal is to provide our members with mentoring, peer support, resources and a strong community of practice.
The goal for individual members is that by the end of six months of membership, they will have made significant progress to establishing their own enterprise.
Our hope is the ‘graduates’ of the platform can be future mentors for future members.
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