Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Disability employment advocates say it's time to raise expectations - CANBERRA TIMES

by Michael Gorey
Originally published: March 20, 2017
Publisher: canberratimes.com.au

The public sector is well suited to employing people with autism but more needs to be done to foster workplace diversity, according to disability employment advocate Bill Gamack.

Mr Gamack's firm EPIC Assist is opening a Canberra office next month.

Federal public servant Jeanette Purkis says people with autism can be effective and loyal employees. Photo: Jamila Toderas
He said society had low expectations for people with disability and this needed to change.

"People with disability generally aren't expected to achieve highly, particularly in the area of employment and building a career," he said.