For seven years the Positive Futures Expo has delivered fantastic outcomes for more than 500 people living with a disability in northern Adelaide. ^^ Tyler Rutka-Hudson (left) with Job Prospects employment advocate Adam Loring are looking to the Positive Futures Expo. Photo: Vassil Malandris Next week the event will once again offer information, raise awareness and help people transition into employment, education, training, volunteering and lifestyle opportunities. People like Tyler Rutka-Hudson.Tyler has an infectious smile and a willingness to work.The 22-year-old has recently completed two certificates in Disability Studies and says he’s ready to present his C.V. to employers in the disability sector.It’s a sector Tyler has been personally involved with and supported by for half of his life.“Eleven years ago I got hit by a car. I broke both my legs, had head injuries, brain damage and I was in a coma for nearly a month. When I woke up the right side of my body was paralysed because I suffered a stroke,” he said At the time, doctors told Tyler’s family to prepare for the worst. “They said that even if I did recover, I probably wouldn’t be able to talk or walk again, but I went through physio, OT, hydrotherapy and I defied all odds and here I am today,” Tyler said. Tyler’s brave battle was even documented by Novita Children’s Services.^^ A Novita Children's Services video highlighting Tyler Rutka-Hudson's brave battle.
Next Wednesday (May 24) Tyler has the chance to meet with more than 30 job providers at Playford’s Civic Centre and will also partner with his employment agency Job Prospects on the day to assist others.“For me, it’s about belief in myself and giving back. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s all about and I’ve even been asked to help give advice about how to dress, write resumes and things like that,” Tyler said.Job Prospects employment advocate Adam Loring says the event is pivotal in engaging with young people and helping them find work.“We’ve got a specific youth contract for 16 to 25 year-olds. They might need a little bit of extra support than some mainstream job seekers and that’s where we’re able to come along and assist them on the day,” Adam said. City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the Expo has grown in popularity over the years and evaluations from participants and attendees have been very positive. “There have been great, tangible outcomes from this free event so I encourage families, businesses and community members to take the opportunity and get connected to the right employer, trainer or educator,” Mayor Docherty said.Almost one in five Australians now has some form of disability which, according to the Australian Disability Network, is helping change employers’ attitudes to hiring people with a disability.They say recent studies reveal workers with disability are no more likely to be injured at work than other employees, have fewer days off and there are no differences in their performance or productivity. The Positive Futures Expo is on from 10am to 2pm at 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth.
For further information, contact the City of Playford's Customer Care Team (8256 0333). How to park at the Playford Civic Centre.The Positive Futures Expo is on from 10am to 2pm at 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth.