National Tour Promotes Competitive Employment for People with Intellectual Disability
There are two employment streams.
Australia's Track Record
It was the fight for the rights of people with intellectual disability that spurred open employment for people with disability nearly 30 years ago. This movement formed the roots of the DES program today.
However, this cohort has reduced in numbers significantly and now only makes up 6.6% of the current program. This is not reflective of national demographics – people with an intellectual disability make up approximately 30% of all people with disability. (Approximately 2.5% of the general population have an intellectual disability.)
Christy Lynch is renowned on the worldwide stage as a strong advocate for competitive open employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability. He has influenced policy in both his native Ireland and internationally.