WANTING WORK: Job seeker Anita Walpole believes she has been overlooked due to her disability.
WANTING WORK: Job seeker Anita Walpole believes she has been overlooked due to her disability. Rob Williams

Plea to employers to 'give people with disabilities a go'

ANITA Walpole is young, capable and willing to work but has been unable to secure a job in Ipswich during the past two years.

The 23-year-old woman believes she has been overlooked for jobs because of her disabilities.

"I've got ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism," she said.

"Two years ago, I moved here to help look after my grandmother, who has dementia, and I have been looking for a part-time job since."

Mylestones Employment in Booval is helping Anita in her quest and manager Michael Heit said companies that recruited through Mylestones received free training and financial incentives.

"Unfortunately there is still reluctance among employers to hire people with barriers, despite the benefits and advantages of doing so," Mr Heit said.

"Anita is the perfect example of a prime candidate who is being overlooked for reasons that just don't stack up: She is experienced, skilled, and keen to work.

"Anita has ADHD, an extremely common condition that affects up to one in 20 adult Australians.

"She manages it extremely well, and has already proven her motivation and dedication to working, it simply should not stand in her way of gaining meaningful employment."

Ms Wadpole hopes to work in child/aged care or with animals.

"I can't do just one thing because of my ADHD, I always have to be multitasking so that's why I love child care - you're moving around doing different things," she said.

Jim Reid, from Llewellyn Motors, regularly employs people with disabilities and said his staff took pride in working for a community business.

"Not only are we providing employment to people who have found it difficult to secure work, our whole workplace has benefited," he said. "We have seen a level of gratitude, loyalty and work ethic in these staff and couldn't be happier."

Ms Walpole has done a lot of volunteer work in her desired fields but is yet to receive a job.

"I hope to get a job soon, I'm studying a Certificate III in childcare that finishes in November," she said.

"To employers I would say give disabled people a try, they may have a disability but they're not useless."

"To contact Ms Walpole or for information about disability employment, phone Mylestones Employment on 3432 8950.



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