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Creative communication helps cabinet maker Zdravko

Zdravko is an aspirant located in Geraldton, he has a speech and hearing impediment. When he meets with his Real Futures Employment Development Specialist (DES) they rely on written notes or limited sign language. Zdravko can read lips so our DES consultant makes sure to speak clearly so that Zdravko can understand. An interpreter was offered to make things easier, but he feels that communication is working well, so it is not needed for now.

Zdravko is now employed with a company as a cabinet maker and communicates with his boss and work colleagues through notes, and text messages. His employer is very impressed with his work and work ethic. Real Futures has advised that we can use an interpreter if needed and the employer will keep that in mind moving forward.

Zdravko has been employed for just over three months and is thoroughly enjoying his work.


Learn more about our Disability Employment Services (DES)

Our background in working with people who have faced disadvantage and discrimination has broken down many barriers for our job seekers and we bring this experience to those people who live with a disability or inability.

Our Employment Specialists know how to help you get ready for the world of work. We will update your resume, find suitable training that suits you and the job, buy some of the things you need to get started, like work clothes, and support you when you start work. Find out more here.

Real Futures offers DES Services at the following locations:


International Day of People with Disability 2022 - #IDPwD

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day celebrated
on 3 December each year to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. By acknowledging this important day, we can take action to remove barriers for the 4.4 million Australians with disability and contribute to positive change in our workplace and in
the community more broadly.


This IDPwD, as we acknowledge and celebrate disability, we also challenge ourselves to #lookbeyond and start conversations about the unique stories of individuals with disability, because not all disability is the same; in fact, many disabilities are hidden.


Real Futures and IDPwD 2022

As part of supporting this important day, Real Futures in collaboration with sister organisations Joblife and Jobfind is launching a ‘100 jobs in 30 days’ campaign to support more of our disability employment service participants into sustainable employment.

This means we are also supporting more employers with the resources and tools they need to build inclusivity and diversity into the DNA of their workforces.

Graphic to showcase helping get people with a disability a job - 100 jobs in 30 days campaign.