BuyAbility Social Enterprises employ people with disability in a supported working environment. They employ around 20,000 Australians with disability.
Employees have access to work in a diverse range of roles, from gardeners to store people to screen printers to recyclers to cooks.
Employees are supported to work, develop new skills and participate in their communities. Many find the training provided in these enterprises supports them to transition into to open employment. BuyAbility Social Enterprises are nonprofit organisations that provide services or products and invest their profits into social outcomes.
People with disability have the right to lead normal lives like others in the community. In supported employment, employees make meaningful contributions to the workforce and participate in the work place like their families and neighbours. Research and case studies show that supported employment can lead to beneficial health and wellbeing outcomes for people with disability. BuyAbility Social Enterprises offer a diverse range of roles which provide opportunities to develop new skills and to form professional networks. Some employees are also able to build on the skills and networks they develop through supported employment to form lasting non-supported careers in open employment.
By sharing your story about working in supported employment, you can help others considering doing the same and help demonstrate why it’s important we create more supported work opportunities for people with disability.