Disability and Meaningful Work

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A new project supporting social enterprises in Queensland to employ people with disability is the focus of a research grant recently awarded to QUT.

The 6-month project is led by CDWI Researcher Dr Jannine Williams, who has been studying socially responsible work which is explored through a concern for the meaning and experiences of work, and how work practices can be developed to become inclusive. The project is co-led by Dr Ruth Knight, QUT.

The research aims to equip employers with the skills and knowledge required to increase employment opportunities for people with disability, contributing to advancing employment equity and to increase talent in the social enterprise ecosystem in Queensland.

The research team is inviting social enterprise employers and people with disability currently or previously employed in a social enterprise, to participate and share their views via an online survey, interviews or workshops in April and May.

The research team will be engaging with people with disability to explore what co-design tools can be used to inform and guide social enterprise employment practices in order to develop a practical toolkit for employers. The toolkit will be made freely available to all organisations.

Participation from social enterprises and people with disability is welcome. If you are interested in finding out more, contact the project team by emailing:

Ruth Knight: ruth.knight@qut.edu.au  or Jannine Williams: jannine.williams@qut.edu.au (07 3138 1298).

The Social Enterprise Research Grants program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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