Guidelines for Facilitating the Career Development of Young People with Disability

Project area: Promotional Resources
Sector: Diversity, Equity and Access – Disability
Client: Career Industry Council of Australia

Miles Morgan developed and tested a set of guidelines for CICA that focused on facilitating improvements to the quality of career development services for young people (aged 15-25) with a disability.

The project involved consultation with select stakeholders in the career development and disability services fields, as well as a review of relevant literature regarding Australian and international best practice in the field. Feedback from over 250 practitioners was also sought via an online survey.

The resultant guidelines were trialled with professionals from a range of backgrounds. Participants included a disability employment agency, a special education school and the career service and disability support service areas of a large VET institution.

The trials provided evidence that the guidelines:

  • align effectively with other important frameworks, such as the Disability Service Standards
  • highlight areas where service providers from different agencies and specialties can collaborate to improve services
  • highlight the importance of work experience to the career development of young people with disability
  • highlight the need for service providers to have tools and processes in place that assist parents to recognise their child’s need to express their own aspirations
  • raise awareness of the importance of appropriate professional development


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