Dis­abil­ity sup­port a re­ward­ing ca­reer move

The Weekend Post - - News -

KA­MALA Sivijs has al­ways been in­volved in the com­mu­nity but a shift into the dis­abil­ity sec­tor three years ago has been a most re­ward­ing de­ci­sion.

The ARC Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices sup­port worker started work ex­pe­ri­ence at the Ma­nunda fa­cil­ity and was of­fered a per­ma­nent part-time po­si­tion soon af­ter com­plet­ing a Cer­tifi­cate III in Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices.

“I work with a highly mo­ti­vated team, I’m al­ways learn­ing new skills and it is very re­ward­ing,” Ms Sivijs said.

“The smiles, the fin­ish­ing of a task — it’s the en­thu­si­asm of our clients that keeps me go­ing. You tend to know their quirks and their sense of hu­mour.”

The former youth group and play group co-or­di­na­tor helps run more than 40 pro­grams for clients mild to se­vere phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual im­pair­ments.

Jobs range from teach­ing cook­ing and hy­giene to co-or­di­nat­ing day trips to the movies and art cen­tres. Ms Sivijs said those who chose a ca­reer in dis­abil­ity sup­port had to have a “spe­cial heart”.

“I’ve al­ways been very much within the com­mu­nity,” she said. “I’m a peo­ple per­son. I love it.”

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

HEART IN JOB: ARC Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices dis­abil­ity sup­port worker Kamala Sivijs in the beauty and hy­giene class with Casey Siggs.

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