While Australia has been fortunate compared to the rest of the world in its handling of COVID-19, the pandemic has still had an impact on people living with disability and the services they receive.
At Activ, we provide individualised services for over 1,900 people living with intellectual disability in accommodation, community, employment, training and education, short-term accommodation and behaviour support.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the safety of our customers and staff has been our number one priority. This has meant that when COVID-19-related restrictions were imposed, we made difficult decisions that impacted our services, including our employment services.
For the duration of lockdowns and restrictions, some of our employment services have had to temporarily close, or operate with fewer people. For some of our supported employees however, Activ provided the opportunity to work from home. Adam is a supported employee who works in our ICT team. Adam had mixed feelings about this new experience.
“Well, when COVID hit, we were informed that the best and safest way of working was working from home, this was interesting at the start,” said Adam.
“I really feel blessed and lucky that I work for an organisation like Activ as they have provided me with a great deal of assistance and tools allowing me to get setup at home, but I love being able to drive into work each morning, as it allows me to interact with my fellow colleagues and share stories of my life.”
At Activ, we recognise that the social aspects of employment are extremely important and beneficial to people living with disability, and have made every effort we can during this challenging time to ensure that our customers can still maintain the connections important to them, while keeping safe and protected from COVID-19.
To find out more about Activ, visit www.activ.asn.au