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International Day of People with Disability
December 3, 2015
Flexible employers will reap rewards
Jessica May, winner of a 2016 National
Enabled Employment is the brainchild
of Jessica May, who founded her award-
winning recruitment agency after her
own struggle to find employment to suit
"After the birth of my first child in 2011
my anxiety became unmanageable," Ms
"I disclosed my condition to my
employer and despite being a highly
commended and skilled worker, I felt
isolated and disempowered."
After a futile search for a new job,
which would provide Ms May with the
flexibility she needed to manage her
disability and pay commensurate with
her skills, she decided to start Enabled
The private online labour hire service
works with employers to remove barriers
to the workforce and to source job
opportunities for highly skilled and cap-
able people with disability.
Ms May's team is on a mission to show
employers the benefits of employing
people with a disability.
"We need to destroy the myth that we
are 'expensive' or require higher levels
of supervision," she said.
"We find the feedback we get from our
clients matches the studies into disability
employment from universities across the
globe which show people with a disability
work harder, take less sick leave, are
more loyal to their company and hold
skills and qualifications that are
extremely valuable to employers.
"It just requires people to stop thinking
what the issues are and start thinking
about what the abilities are."
Ms May said that rather than expecting
a person with a disability to adapt to a
workplace, there is no reason why in this
day and age, with the technology avail-
able to work from home, that employers
can't offer flexible working conditions.
"Travelling to and from a workplace
either by public transport or car is
exhausting for many people with a
disability, and reduces the time they can
dedicate to being in an office," Ms May
"I know people with post traumatic
stress disorder appreciate the opportun-
ity to work from the safest place they
know, their home, and if they are
suffering from the symptom of insomnia,
they can work any hours they like, as
long as they meet their targets and their
work is assessed on outcomes."
The innovative start-up has also
recently partnered with Soldier On Aus-
tralia to assist returned service men and
women with physical or psychological
injury to re-enter civilian employment.
Ms May advises people with disability
looking for work not to give up.
"I've been there myself and we have
people on our books who have been for
as many as 150 to 200 interviews a year
through other recruitment means, who
hold qualifications as high as PhDs."
For Ms May, it's been a massive
learning curve but also rewarding.
"What I've enjoyed most is meeting
others who are furiously advocating for
the rights of people with a disability, and
progressive employers who are taking
the opportunity to lead the way in
implementing flexible work and results-
oriented work environments for people
with a disability," Ms May said.
"My dream is to put myself out of a job
because employers no longer view peo-
ple with disability differently to any
Ms May won a 2016 National Disability
For more information, visit
People with mental illness may
have been dealt a tough deck of
cards. The support is not there and
they are alone, living within the walls
that they create. Caring is something
that is difficult to receive.
The Mental Health Foundation is
here to enable people to have a
better quality of life and provide
them with the skills and environment
in which to do so. The people living
with mental illness, which includes
the individuals, their carers and the
whole of community, drive the MHF's
direction to co-design what it does to
meet their needs.
By removing those barriers, in a
safe place and environment MHF
gives individuals the ability to make
decisions that will affect their quality
of life. The decisions are respected
and MHF works with the individual
to put those decisions into place.
Recently MHF worked with its
participants to re-launch the Rain-
bow. A place where you can create
activities that will break down the
barriers. You are in control and can
chose what it is you can do.
For more information, visit
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