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Adam Overcomes Challenges to Find Work with TURSA’s Help

Sunshine Coast Resident Empowered by TURSA‘s Support on Journey to Employment Maroochydore, July 31 –

Facing and Conquering

Adam, has faced and conquered the difficulties presented by his disabilities to find a fulfilling job. Thanks to the unwavering assistance from TURSA, a respected disabilities support provider in the area.

Adam’s job search was uncertain when he moved to the Sunshine Coast, fearing that his disabilities might limit his options. However, a fortunate encounter with a sign for TURSA changed his life’s direction. Curious about his possibilities, Adam registered with TURSA and met Paul and Carl. They became his mentors throughout his employment journey.

Job that suits

Adam’s main goal was to find a job that suited his abilities and allowed him to manage his injuries effectively. Paul and Carl worked closely with Adam. They assessed his capabilities, searched for suitable job hours, and placements that accommodated his unique circumstances.

Determination pays dividends

Although Adam explored various fields like boat building and aged care, his passion for caregiving was his goal. Unfortunately, balance issues caused by his injury prevented him from becoming a support worker. Determined to find the right fit, TURSA’s team continued searching.  Finally they found a general hand position at a well-known holiday resort in Noosa.

In his new role, Adam handles various tasks, from cleaning windows to maintaining gardens, and even leading the maintenance team. This opportunity gave him the freedom to work at his own pace while showing his dedication and hard work, earning praise from his employers.

Breaking job records

Even after more than a year of employment, Adam still receives encouragement from TURSA, showing their commitment to his journey. Adam’s triumphant return to the workforce is a personal achievement and a testament to his hard work and TURSA’s dedication to empowering individuals with disabilities. After a gap of five and a half years, Adam’s current job is the longest he’s held in two decades, demonstrating the impact of finding meaningful employment.

“I can work at my own pace. I put in hard work, and my employers are happy with me, I believe,” says Adam, expressing pride in his journey.

As an inspiring story of determination and resilience, Adam’s experience brings hope to others facing similar challenges. TURSA’s unwavering support and patient guidance have been crucial in Adam’s journey to triumph over adversity.

Adam offers heartfelt advice to others in a similar position:

“When you’re ready, go see the team at TURSA. They’ll help you find a good job.”

Adam’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of support, proving that with proper guidance and determination, individuals can overcome disabilities and create a brighter future.   If you need help navigating Disability Employment Services take the first step by reaching out to TURSA for friendly and helpful advice

Carlene is a woman who has faced many challenges in her life. She was working in construction on the North Coast of New South Wales when she had to leave her job due to domestic violence. She decided to move to Grafton and start anew but didn’t know where to start.

Turning to TURSA for support helped Carlene Shine with Success

That’s when she turned to TURSA, a local organisation that helps people gain skills, training and support to achieve their job goals. Clint, her employment advisor, enabled her to figure out what she wanted to do and how to achieve it.

Carlene knew she wanted to go back to construction, so she started doing more training and getting more tickets. TURSA helped her with most of her tickets, including confined spaces, elevated platforms, and traffic control.
With the help of TURSA, Carlene could apply for construction jobs, and she landed a job with Ahoy Traffic. She’s now working on the bypass in Grafton, doing traffic control, and looking to do ongoing traffic control. But her ultimate goal is to be in construction.


Completed the Steps to Work Program

Carlene also went through the Steps Course, a program offered by TURSA that helps people gain confidence and rebuild their self-esteem. Again, she found the course helpful, giving her the skills and support she needed to get to where she is now.

Carlene said about her experience, “I found it really helpful with my skills, with the support that was given to me. So I reached out to that support, and I found that it really helped me to get where I am now. It gave me confidence again in myself because I lost a lot of confidence in my self-esteem, which was falling away since I moved from Coraki; when I came to Grafton, re-engaged with TURSA, and when did the Steps program, it rebuilt my confidence back up and got me to where I am now.”

Gain the Skills & Confidence You Need!

Carlene's story is a testament to the importance of organisations like TURSA, which support people who need it the most. Through their work, they help people like Carlene gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals and build a better life for themselves.

Creating An Inclusive Work Environment

Creating a more supportive and inclusive work environment for people with disabilities is essential for building a diverse and successful workplace. Below are some fundamental steps that companies can take to make their work environment more accommodating for people with disabilities.

Overall, creating a more inclusive and supportive work environment for people with disabilities requires a commitment from both leadership and employees. However, companies can create a workplace where everyone can thrive and succeed by taking these steps and enjoy the benefits.

5 Step Plan For An Inclusive Work Environment

  1. Educate employees about disability inclusion and awareness. Provide training on disability rights and etiquette and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  2. Make sure that your physical workspace is accessible. Ensuring entrances, restrooms, and common areas are accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. It also includes providing assistive technology for employees with visual or auditory impairments, such as screen readers or speech-to-text software.
  3. Provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Flexible scheduling, alternative work arrangements, or assistive technology will help. It’s essential to consult with the employee to determine what accommodations will be most helpful.
  4. Foster a culture of inclusion and support. Achieve this by promoting open and respectful communication and providing support and resources for employees with disabilities. It’s also important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of employees with disabilities.
  5. Review and update your policies and practices regularly. Disability inclusion and accommodations are ongoing processes. It’s essential to periodically review and update your policies and procedures to ensure that they are meeting the needs of your employees with disabilities.
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Where Everyone can Thrive

Overall, creating a more inclusive and supportive work environment for people with disabilities requires a commitment from both leadership and employees. However, companies can create a workplace where everyone can thrive and succeed by taking these steps.

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Do the benefits outweigh the expense? Glad you asked!

Read on and find out not only how the benefits outweigh the expense but also how you can tap into physical and financial support to make your business inclusive and attractive to talented staff.

It Does!

Creating a disability-friendly workplace can have many benefits, both for the employees who have disabilities and for the organization as a whole. 

4 benefits of creating a disability-friendly workplace

  1. Improved morale and job satisfaction among employees with disabilities can lead to increased productivity and engagement.
  2. Greater diversity and inclusion within the workplace can foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment.
  3. Attract and retain talented employees with disabilities who may have valuable skills and perspectives to contribute to the organization.
  4. Build your reputation and credibility as an employer of choice, which can help the organization attract top talent and build strong relationships with customers and other stakeholders.

Of course, creating a disability-friendly workplace can also involve some expenses, such as implementing necessary accommodations and training for employees. However, the long-term benefits of creating a disability-friendly workplace often outweigh the initial costs.  

Contact us today to find out how TURSA can assist with wage subsidies and ongoing support for your business!

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Ben standing in front of Coles story about how he manages his disability

Living with Disability

Ben’s story is one of inspiration. He has dealt with anxiety and shyness in the past, but through hard work and dedication, he has been able to manage these challenges and make living with his disability easier to manage.

Finding the right employer was essential for Ben. He needed to find an organization that understood his strengths and can provide him with opportunities to grow.

Ben’s first two jobs involved food. Ben explained that he intensely disliked handling food from a very early age. Living with anxiety, Ben was working in a fast-food environment! Ben managed to stick to the role for 6 months but knew working in a fast-food customer service was not the right fit for him long term.

Mum Sue said, “Ben had tried numerous other support providers around town. He did not feel he was getting the support he needed. He decided to try TURSA and since meeting Kim, has not looked back.”


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Gaining Confidence

Since joining TURSA, Ben has found an enjoyable job that suits his skillset and interests. He works in a team environment where he feels supported by his managers. His favourite thing about his job is having a sense of control, and calm where he can work systematically. Ben said, “Because I need structure and order in my life, Coles is working out really well. I enjoy a role where I can be organised, paid regularly, and pay my bills. As a result, I feel far more relzed and in control of my life and how I spend my time.”


With the right support, Ben now is excelling in his role.


Ben found that TURSA not only provided him with the training he needed for work, but also the confidence to look for and move into a more suitable role. He is now working at Coles in Grafton as a night filler and says that he feels much more confident in his abilities. His goal is to provide the best night-filling work in-store.

Ben’s experience shows that TURSA can not only help with the technical aspects of finding a job, but also with the softer skills like building confidence. If you’re feeling stuck in your job search, remember that TURSA is here to help!


Are you looking for support to achieve your goals?

If like Ben, you are looking for a job that suits you contact us at TURSA we are here for you!


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