Author Archives: Peter Smith

About Peter Smith

Disability practitioner at Praxis Disability Consulting, PhD researcher - Sydney Medical School, Research affiliate - Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney. Lecturer in Counselling and Case Management - ACAP. Counsellor and Psychotherapist at Praxis Counselling and Therapy. Interests: Disability employment, person centred practice, self determination theory, existential therapy, personal counselling

Social Enterprise – New Name for an Old Dog!

In our research looking at social enterprise as a conduit for open employment, there was a train of thought backed by overseas experience that sheltered workshops would appropriate this title to dress up their enclave settings into something more politically … Continue reading

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Job Assessment – What Assessment?

I was thinking about JCA’s, the process and the number of inappropriate assessments that are turned out. You could argue that it’s the clients fault because they provide the evidence, but given the time frame in which they’re conducted you … Continue reading

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A Discussion of Recruitment, Development and Retention Best Practices.

In late 2015, I attended the annual disability employment think tank hosted by the Center for Social Capital, the not for profit affiliate of Griffin-Hammis Associates. Held at a wilderness lodge in Idaho, the purpose is to get people away … Continue reading

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Defining the Future of Disability Employment Through the Lens of Person Centred Practice.

In 2015 in my submission to the DES Framework Review I wrote the following opening statement regarding person centred practice in disability employment. “Any review of the current program needs to start with defining what the program is about. At … Continue reading

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Is Social Entreprise the New Black?

Some months ago when I started my current research program into social entreprise as a possible driver for open employment for people with a disability, a colleague in the USA stated he hated the use of the term “social entreprise” … Continue reading

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The NDIS and Employment

One of the areas of support available within the NDIS is that of support to find and maintain a job. Recently you may have noticed a rise in the number of ads for the School Leavers Employment Support (SLES) program, … Continue reading

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Measuring the Success of Disability Employment.

For many years now Disability Service providers have been awarded stars ranging from one to five to signify how successful they where at producing employment outcomes. For all intents and purposes this is the only measure that clients have to … Continue reading

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A Matter of Trust: Building Relationships with the People, Institutions and Organisations – Commentary by Peter Rhodes – CDERP.

On the 2nd July 2016, Australians were asked to cast their vote for the people they “best trust” to represent them in Canberra. Post analysis showed a large percentage of voters appear disillusioned by the existing system which in their … Continue reading

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Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

Today the committee released its final report to the USA Secretary of Labor. Established in September 2014, the primary purpose of the work of the Committee was to address issues, and make recommendations, to improve the employment participation of people … Continue reading

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A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes(2015) – Revisited

Only a few days ago a colleague of mine asked if I’d read this report and what my thoughts were on it. His interest was aroused by his understanding that the minister was going to respond to this in coming … Continue reading

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