Anthony Mautone has embraced every opportunity he’s had through Impact21. He’s gained insight into the way people communicate and behave; navigating the nuances and understanding his own reactions. Anthony has stepped dutifully into any leadership role presented to him, and has grown tremendously in confidence and in his willingness to work. As a technology and popculture lover and aficionado, Anthony says he’s thrilled to have gained employment at JB Hi-Fi, where he now works as a retail assistant. Anthony is kind, patient, deeply knowledgeable and always respectful of his peers. He has a very dry sense of humour and is a calm and friendly presence at uni and at work.
Impact21 is a tertiary education and employment course for employers and people living with an intellectual disability. It aims to break the cycle of unemployment to create diverse, sustainable and meaningful workplaces throughout Australia.
Founded by e.motion21 and supported by academic researchers including Torrens University, Impact21 has been co-designed with students with Down syndrome, employers, families, educators and disability service providers. Together we are disrupting unsuccessful models of disability education and employment through a ground breaking model that leads to guaranteed jobs.
Current national employer partners PwC, Sodexo, Deakin University, JB Hi-Fi and DuluxGroup, DES partner CVGT and 12 courageous students have successfully completed the 12 month Discovery, Work Experience and Internship modules that lead to customised employment. Our graduates start work in 2020 – watch this space!
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