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employment When his work experience ended, Alex wanted to stay on at Barkuma. His mum, Katerina, said Alex was offered a job at Barkuma but because he didn’t have finding and School work keeping a job in his NDIS plan, he couldn’t accept it. With Barkuma’s help, he was able to add this into his plan and eventually Adelaide student Alex has found himself a job he really enjoys before he’s even finished school. T he Golden Grove High School accept the position. Although the process to get Alex employment was longer than expected, he is happily Program Leader at Barkuma working at Barkuma Holden Hill student was keen to plan Holden Hill, Naomi Cryer, said part-time, while still working towards for what he would do after Alex approached Barkuma about finishing high school. school and gain some valuable undertaking work experience to work experience. With support from ensure working in an ADE was right and earning a wage. He’s loving it,” his school, Alex (pictured above) for him. Katerina said. researched different Australian “I could see in his face that he Disability Enterprises (ADEs) and was loving every minute of working approached Barkuma. here,” Naomi said. “It’s great to see Alex working Alex said: “It’s different to school and I really like it.” Supporting people living with disability to live a life of their choice We have a simple philosophy at Orana... we exist to provide support for people living with disability. We encourage, we train and most importantly we provide real life choices. With servi ces in metropolitan and regional South Australia, we ensure support is tailored towards personalised service. With a diverse range of employment, housing and life skills support options, Orana is committed to excellence through creating independence for people living with disability. To find out more about Orana and how we support South Australians with disability, visit or call us on 8375 2000. 56 employment