Tourette syndrome no barrier to employment
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.”
Luke, Rebecca and Kayla Sirrell at Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs.