The thinking that underpins Enabled.vip isn’t rocket science, but it does draw from the research and is disruptive of the status quo. So what does research tell us:
(i) Over 4.4 million people in Australia live with some form of disability. That’s 1 in 5 people.
(ii) 2.1 million Australians of working age (15-64 years) live with a disability.
(iii) Australia’s employment rate for people with a disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with a disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% (United Nations Department of Information 2007).
(iv) Almost one in five (18.9%) people with a disability aged 15-24 years experienced discrimination. In almost half of those instances, the source of discrimination is an employer.
(v) Unemployment among Australians who live with a disability and social exclusion is considerably higher than their able-bodied peers (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020a). This reflects data from Europe and the USA (Vaziri, et al 2014). These findings highlight the critical difference in employment outcomes for people with a disability when compared with the general population.
(vi) People with a disability are under-represented in open employment, have longer periods of unemployment and less job retention (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020a).
(vii) 38% of people with a disability live on or near the poverty line, more than 2.75 times the rate of poverty experienced by the general population (ACOSS and UNSW Sydney 2018).
The dominant approach to disability is indifferent to the awful reality that some people with a disability will not know day-to-day or even hour-to-hour if they will be well enough to work. It also ignores the fact for emergent and progressive conditions, as well as disability associated with injury (such as TBI) people with a disability, can have valuable skills, experience and networks.
We believe disability entrepreneurship can be a useful response to these challenges and supp0rting a community of practice in this space can help our members establish money-generating endeavours.