How Lesley sees herself has changed for the better.
Nerve reconstruction surgery hasn't stopped Lesley from finding a job she loves.
As a result of the reconstructive surgery, Lesley has reduced strength in her right arm.
“I think it's really important that (workplaces) take on people with disabilities because at the end of the day we can do jobs too. Everyone deserves a go” Lesley said
This injury has made it challenging for her to find a role which she was able to complete and enjoyed.
But not impossible!
The match for Lesley
Finding a job can be especially challenging, particularly after recovering from a significant surgery.
Lesley reflects pretty honestly.
"It (the reduced capacity in her arm) has made getting a job difficult for me," she said.
"Because I don't have the strength in my right arm that I should."
The support Lesley received through Disability Employment Services program to secure regular and ongoing work, has helped change her life for the better.
When she started working with her APM Employment Consultant David, Lesley wanted to work in retail or hospitality.
After David set to work marketing her to local businesses, it didn't take too long to find a fit for Lesley.
"Now I'm doing what I want to do," she said.
"Working with David was a great experience, he really helped me."
Lesley works at a sushi restaurant in Queensland. On any given day you'll find her preparing and selling sushi rolls from behind the counter.
"Now I'm doing what I want to do"
Securing employment hasn't just improved Lesley's quality of life, also her daughter's.
"My daughter had to miss out on the things that she shouldn't have to miss out on. Now it's all changed," Lesley said.
David has noticed Lesley's progress since they started working together.
“She's a lot more positive, a lot more motivated and driven” he said.
Register below to find out if you’re eligible to for one of our support programs, and APM can support you into a more exciting future, like Lesley.
Are you eligible for Disability Employment Services?
You may be eligible for our Disability Employment Services program if you:
- Have a diagnosed injury, illness or disability
- Are aged from at least 14 to pension age
- Are at or above the minimum legal working age in your state or territory
- Are able to work at least eight hours per week (with support when required)
- Are an Australian resident
- Are not studying full time (unless you’re an eligible school leaver)
- Are not working at or above your assessed employment capacity
You can access APM Disability Employment Services through a referral by Centrelink or by registering with us directly.
When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you are eligible, they will recommend you to a Disability Employment Services provider. Remember to ask to join APM so you get the best service when searching for employment.
If you’re with another Disability Employment Services provider, but would like to change to APM, contact us and our teams will be happy to speak to you.
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