Disability Induction Program for your students

The disability and community care sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, so it’s a great time for your students to consider a care career.

If your students are keen to learn more about working in the sector, carecareers’ online Disability Induction Program is a great place to start.

This induction program gives students an understanding of the work we do; the rewards as well as the challenges.

By the end of the program your students will have comprehensive, practical knowledge they can apply to working with people with disability. They’ll also receive a certificate for each module they complete. A perfect addition to their resumes.

Meet Max

How did you find out about projectABLE?

I found projectABLE a fantastic & life-changing experience that enabled me to gain further understanding of working with people living with disabilities & an overall insight into employment in the disability/community sector. Fortunately, my school coordinator Head of Social Justice, told me about this voluntary excursion to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Allambie, partnered with projectABLE.

What was it that attracted you to do the program?

The attraction to the program was that I wanted to know more about understanding the needs of people with disabilities. It frustrates me that in this multicultural country, we commonly forget that it includes people with disabilities.

How did projectABLE challenge your perception of disability?

ProjectABLE dramatically challenged my perception of “disability”. Initially I wasn’t sure what to feel, whether to have sympathy or to be empathetic. Although I learnt that just because you might have a disability, you still should be treated with dignity and be given respect just as you would anyone else. People with disabilities have passions and interests & you should always view the person before the disability.

Would you recommend your friends to take part in projectABLE?

I would definitely recommend my friends to take part in projectABLE as it enables oneself to try to understand what it’s like having a disability and understand what jobs there are in the disability sector, although it might be challenging it is so rewarding. large file-174

Did you learn anything new about yourself?

projectABLE allowed me to use my skills, particularly that of communication in order to actively participate in the care and assistance to the people in this sector. I think if you wanted to work in the sector, it would be a great starting place.

After doing projectABLE, what are the next steps for you? Would you consider working or volunteering in the sector?

From working with projectABLE, it really has increased my awareness of  the opportunities & employment in the disability sector, especially since I’m completing my HSC. I would definitely consider working in the disability sector, perhaps even studying speech pathology.

 What was the overall highlight for you?

The overall highlight of the projectABLE experience was leaving the practical workshop with a great sense of achievement and knowing that I had made someone smile for that day. I might have not been the best dancer, but I might have given a few people a good laugh!

What was the hardest part of participating in the program?

The hardest part of the program was keeping within the guidelines of the work relationships with the clients. It is very easy to become attached to the people that you work with. However, if you were unsure how to handle any situation, there are always trained people to speak to if you feel uncomfortable.

 Where will projectABLE take you in 2014?  




How will your school celebrate International Day of People with Disability? Each year, throughout November and December, NSW celebrates the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Different organisations host events and the campaign publishes Made You Look, a great magazine about all things disability!

International Day of People with Disability will be on  Tuesday 3rd December. You might like to discuss it with your teachers or check out some of the events in your local area.

You might not have considered that there is work for Events Managers or Campaign Managers in the disability and community care sector. The team at Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) who manage Don’t DIS my ABILITY include Events Managers, Graphic Designers, IT Professionals and Social Media specialists, all involved in creating a statewide awareness campaign. If politics is more your thing, consider the team who are lobbying for the NDIS, with the highly successful Every Australian Counts campaign.

If you are interested in frontline support work, you may end up doing a little Events Management anyway. Read about Ryan on the carecareers blog, who loves organising International Day of People with Disability events at The Disability Trust, where he is a Manager of Sport and Recreation Services. Or read about Jacqui, who organised an art exhibition and concert as part of her role at Northwest Disability Services.

Make sure you get involved and celebrate International Day of People with Disability this year. We will be!