Understanding Meaningful Employment for Young People with Intellectual Disabilities

Friday, 23 November 2018

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle and Conjoint Professor Rebecca Mitchell from the UON Health Services Research and Innovation Centre in collaboration with Prof Bronwyn Hemsley, Head of Speech Pathology at University of Technology Sydney and Challenge Community Services (CCS) have successfully won a grant to fund a project designed to increase the competence of young people with intellectual disability in the ‘Gig Economy’ as a facilitator for meaningful employment.

The grant is to run a Start-Up program by CSS for two years and to conduct research to evaluate the impact of the project. Brendan, Rebecca and Prof Hemsley lead the research team tasked with establishing measures for assessing the project and the meaningful outcomes of engaging in the Gig Economy for CSS’s clients. Brendan & Rebecca have also invited two experts onto a review panel to assess the impact of their study; Professor Mark Bray (Employment Expert) & Mr Will Creedon (Director, Allogio & Events, Hospitality ‘Gig-Work’ Expert).


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