This film was shot in 1998 to document the outcomes of an innovative project in Oregon in the US called the Family Management Grant that ran from 1994-1998. The project allocated $3000 to 52 families who have a family members with a developmental disability and gave them 1 years to secure a job with the funding. Families self-managed the funding within guidelines including that it could be used only to help find their family member a job, that the person be employed only in a regular workplace, not a sheltered workshop or other disability-specific workplace, that the jobseeker be paid at least award wages for their work, not subsidised wages or reduced wages, and that the money not be used for paying the wages of the person with a disability – their wages had to be paid by the employer the same as any other employee. The host agency, the Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation, provided technical expertise to the families about how to secure employment including the development of Person-Centred Plans for each jobseeker. The outcomes speak for themselves: out of 52 individuals, 46 secured paid work and 6 chose to pursue further training and education to prepare themselves for specific job roles in the future. On average those employed work for 20 hours per week.

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