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The 2014 Care Act is clear about the requirement for commissioners to support disabled people to gain and retain work. 


Employment offers people financial independence, the chance to use existing skills and develop new ones, self-respect and opportunities to contribute to and be valued by the community. NDTi has eight years of specialist experience in strategic review, research, policy development, evaluation and change support to deliver real, long-term employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems of all ages.

We completed a two year study into the cost effectiveness of different models of employment support for disabled people. It shows existing investment could be used to deliver much higher numbers of new or retained jobs for disabled people at significantly lower average costs than is currently being achieved. A practical tool is now available for commissioning employment support that works for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

We recently worked with the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) on a new Department for Education funded project: ‘Employment is Everyone’s Business’. The overall aim was to enable more young people with special educational needs and disabilities to get meaningful jobs.

We worked with four sites across England who are committed to improving employment outcomes for this group of young people. The resulting learning was shared to improve support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities as they move into adulthood and are seeking employment.


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