Having a job expands social networks, raises living standards, and increases financial independence and self-worth.
All of this makes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) amazing.
"What will you be doing next year" - a common question asked to all school leavers.
Because you have a disability, should this be any different?
What is SLES? I get asked this question a lot.
SLES stands for School Leaver Employment Supports.
It is available to year 12 school leavers who are eligible for the NDIS. SLES helps young people prepare for and take part in work.
Through SLES, school leavers will receive supports for up to two years that are focused on improving employment opportunities by getting them work-ready.
The supports provided are tailored to meet individual employment goals.
They can include things like work experience and skills development in all areas.
As with the other supports in their NDIS plan, participants have choice and control in how they use their SLES supports, and who provides them.
The good news is here in our town there are a few different providers in Leeton and together we are changing what the traditional SLES looked like, by offering choice and control to all NDIS participants on an individualised tailored plans.
The best advice I can offer anybody living with a disability or caring for a loved one would have to be, check out the NDIS.
It is changing people's lives everyday.
As an advocate for people living with a disability, I am always available for a chat to point you in the right direction.