Transition to Retirement
Just like the rest of the Australian population, people with disability age and face the prospect of retiring from their regular jobs. Unlike other workers, people in supported employment look to their jobs to provide a lot more than just a wage. Jobs provide their social network, regular outings and a chance to interact with a wide range of people and connect with the community. The Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) has over 500 people in supported employment in Sydney. Recognising the unique challenges that retirement presents to supported workers, AFFORD partnered with researchers from Sydney University and Latrobe University to develop a program called Transition to Retirement. The program focuses on workers with disability. The researchers and AFFORD developed a program that assists workers to begin participating in volunteer programs and join community groups providing activity and purpose that will continue long after they officially retire from the paid workforce.