Tourette syn­drome no bar­rier to em­ploy­ment

Melville Times - - Front Page -

AC­CORD­ING to Perth mu­si­cian Kayla Sir­rell, who has Tourette syn­drome, any­one can get a job; you just need to look out­side the box.

Along with her mother Re­becca, Kayla is the as­sis­tant man­ager of Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs at the Fre­man­tle Mar­kets.

Miss Sir­rell, who was also on the show Em­ploy­able Me, which fol­lowed nine job­seek­ers with di­verse con­di­tions, said she was ex­cited to have a stall as it was some­thing new.

“My mum and I needed a job and she can’t do hard labour any­more and no one would hire me,” she said.

“We thought why not make a job for our­selves and I thought why not hire peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the fu­ture, as I know how it feels to not have a job be­cause of our dis­abil­ity.”

Fre­man­tle Mar­kets chief ex­ec­u­tive Natasha Atkin­son said she did not hes­i­tate to pro­vide them a space in Mar­ket Lane for 12 months rent­free in sup­port of Kayla’s bid to over­come her bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment.

“We are for­tu­nate to be in a po­si­tion where we can as­sist peo­ple like Kayla who need a help­ing hand and it makes us feel proud of our mar­ket and com­mu­nity to be able to help,” she said.

“Kayla and her mother came to see me about leas­ing a stall in the mar­ket; I recog­nised Kayla from Em­ploy­able Me.

“We wanted to help her on her jour­ney.”

Ms Sir­rell said peo­ple look­ing for work should al­ways keep an open mind.

“Chances are you might find a place who ac­cepts you for you,” she said. “Keep your head high no mat­ter what the world throws at you.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d488865

Luke, Re­becca and Kayla Sir­rell at Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs.

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