Just registered my interest for disability/employment services…nervous!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
4043 posts
Honey bee

Jacqui90:  Sorry, I am not familiar with your backstory, but what is your disability/illness? I don’t have much familiarity with those services, other than my dad receives some disability (but its from injuries that were a result of serving in Iraq–so it’s through the military). 

Best of luck though in obtaining them and getting back on track!

Post # 4
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For the phone call from disability services, I would write out some notes on what you will be talking with them about.  Things like what your goals are, what kind of help you are looking for, and anything else you think they may bring up.  That way if you get nervous you have something to refer to.  I’m not a huge fan of conducting any business over the phone.  It always feels rushed and awkward to me so I have a tendency to forget things I wanted to say unless I write them down.  Having notes makes me a lot more confident on the phone. 

For the learning to drive part, how long do you have to pass your road test once you get your learners permit?    How long do have left in school?  I ask because if you have a good chunk of time before you have to take your road test, you could ease into the driving practice.  Maybe for right now you committ to practicing once a week.  Then in a couple weeks when school breaks for the summer you move upto practicing more often.  


I hope things work out for you, it sounds like you are working really hard on getting everything taken care of. Good luck!

Post # 8
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Jacqui90: Just be careful because whilst both TV/Internet and driving lessons can be a distraction there is a different level of stress associated with each task. TV/reading is a passive thing, forums and driving lessons could be stress inducing. So I would caution you to carefully weigh the situation before going ahead. Trying to return to work, completing university and then adding another stressor on top of that like driving lessons could cause you to fail which would be disasterous to your mental health.

Don’t use your recovery as a method to prove yourself to other people (look at me I am a normal functioning human) but rather as a slow race to the finish line.

Post # 11
3353 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Jacqui90:  The terminology you are using makes me think you may be in Australia, am I right?

Post # 13
3353 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well, I think it is a fabulous idea.

JSAP (Job Services Australia Providers) in particular DES (Disability employment services) can be a really good support and motivator in branching out into employment. 

Given what you have written, I assume you are going to be a voluntary client? Then acceptance of work (and right of refusal) will be up to you! So really there is no risk. 

In terms of your nervousness re contact with them initially (phones can be scary!) Notes are a great idea (and one already given) but remember these people are there to help and support you, and most people in this area have an understanding of the fact that this will likely be stressful for you! 

Worst case scenario? It is not a mesh for you. Best case scenario? It helps you to seek and obtain suitable employment that can both generate income, diversion (sometimes the best therapy is work!) and create a an opportunity for social engagement.

Good for you, and I wish you all the best!

Post # 15
193 posts
Blushing bee

Jacqui90:  Hey OP, I’m pretty sure you are Aussie like me so I can help 🙂 I have used similar things before and they are free if you are on centrelink. Many don’t bother with you if you are not, but you never know. Unfortunately they were never much help for me. They really didn’t do anything except ask whether I had applied for jobs.   However, probably the only positive, they offer financial help with job related expenses so they may pay for a couple of driving lessons for you (since it would help in getting a job).  They cover other stuff too, usually uniforms and that sort of thing. The amount they spend will depend on what ‘category’ you are in- if you have been long term unemployed, then you are higher ‘priority’ and they have a higher budget.  My partner has GAD and social anxiety so he is the exact same with phones- he usually gets me to call! I can’t offer much help there though :/ Just remember that even if you are awkward on the phone, it doesn’t matter. They won’t remember, even if you do 🙂

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