The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017
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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 CLASSIFIEDS 47 SATURDAY 9 SEP 2017 Register Now You can simply register yourself, your school or your workplace by going to stepstowardscapability.gofundraise.com.au It only takes five minutes to set up your fundraising page and then you can get your campaign started! There are great prizes for highest fundraisers in a range of categories. This event aims to create increased community awareness and interaction around disability. The event will also allow the community to make a quantifiable impact to the disability sector through valued fundraising. What is Steps Towards Capability? The Walk 8.00am arrival, walk will take place at 9.00am and is a simple 7km stroll from the Darwin Trailer Boat Club to Dudleys Point and back. Hydration stations will be supplied on the route. The Expo From 8.00am till 2.00pm ten disability service providers will be there so you can learn about who they are and what they do. This includes an opportunity to take part in art and recreation activities with members of the disability community. Donate Now Donations to all fundraisers are appreciated. Go on the site and find your favourite school, corporate or individual fundraiser and make a tax deductible donation. Receipts are issued to you automatically from the site. Proudly supported by Correcting the misconceptions HELPING People Achieve is advancing the exploration of pathways to open employment for people with a disability in the NT community. HPA chief executive Tony Burns said there was a common misconception that a person in the workforce with a disability or mental illness would require more attention and resources from their employer. Misunderstanding and lack of awareness has contributed to the stigma that people with a disability or mental illness are more of a liability to their employer, rather than a valuable team player, he said. Research states that these perceptions do not match reality. An Australian study in 2012 found that employees with a disability have a lower number of OHS incidents, lower workers compensation incidence, higher retention rates than people without disability and comparable levels of productivity. HPA currently employs 68 people with a moderate dis ability and the aim of HPAs employment service is to benefit the community through the creation and development of employment opportunities for people with disabilities in integrated settings and provide the training and ongoing support necessary to enable their success in open employment. HPA has a strong record of achieving success in this role resulting in ongoing opportunity to the individuals and benefit to the community through sustained employment, Mr Burns said. Two HPA Ausdesign employees, Raymond Roach and Nathan Carrol, demonstrate and exemplify this belief. Ray and Nathan were nominated to apply for entry level administration positions in the Defence Administration Assistance Program (DAAP) at Robertson Barracks, which began in April, and are now members of a team who have assisted with basic administration duties on the Barracks, participating in some hospitality training at the Barracks Caf. HPA Ausdesign manager Jodie Doyle said all candidates attended interviews and were successful in gaining a three-year contract to work part-time with the DAAP Program. T h i s work is combined with their roster at HPA and they work in a team of seven at the Rober t son Barracks , she said. N o w four months into this p a t h w a y there have already been b e n e f i c i a l o u t c o m e s for both the e m p l o y e r and the employee. People living with disability are characterised as having a high level of loyalty and commitment to their chosen role. The following benefits flow from the effective employment relationship: People with disability build strong and enduring connections with clients. People with disability are personable and support workplace morale and teamwork. People with disability generally take less sick leave and have a high retention rate. Employment costs for people with disability can actually be lower than other employees. On average, people with disability have lower workers compensation incidence. With suitably matched roles, people with disability are as productive and perform tasks as well as other employees. HPA employees Raymond Roach and Nathan Carrol.