Help disabled to be part of the economy


Sir – An initiative has emerged in town over the past 12 months aimed at increasing the number and range of post school options for young people in Central Australia.
A number of schools, government departments organisations and individuals are working together on strategies that will hopefully see more and more young people with disability transition from school into work, training or volunteering that best allows them to use their strengths and abilities for the benefit of the local community.
This is an issue that is not unique to Alice Springs, but is nation-wide, as the recently begun ABC TV series ‘’Employable Me’’ has demonstrated. The series follows the journey of several young people with disability (such as autism and Tourette’s syndrome) towards gaining employment – and the willingness of employers to give them a go.
I would encourage any employers, whether Government, private sector, or non-government organisations, to watch these programs (available on iview) and also to consider what they can do to increase the participation rate of people with disability in the workforce.
Jonathan Pilbrow
Acacia Hill School Council


  1. That would be good to also use “people with disability” in the headline instead of “disabled” … They are people first!

  2. I agree, Marie, my son who was paraplegic used to said that in fact we are all disabled in one way or another.
    If we break down the word disabled, it means not able.
    Therefore people should be viewed and treated based not on their disability, but rather on all of their abilities and on the totality of who they are.


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