Brotherhood of St Laurence

Environmental Scan part 1 and Environment Scan Part 2 are linked to the Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability project. To learn more about the project click the website link.

This report details findings from Part 1 of a two-part Environmental Scan of current practice of employment interventions and research for people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability. The Environmental Scan includes: 1. A desktop scan of current and recent Australian research; and current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally (2015-2021 inclusive) 2. Interviews and focus groups with experts in the disability employment policy and program field (presented in a second report, Environmental Scan Part 2: Views of experts in the field on effective employment interventions for people with a disability). This Environmental Scan is one component of a broader project commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) designed to examine the scope and evidence for different interventions that improve the economic participation and employment of people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project will help provide the NDIA with the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different employment interventions. Alongside the Environmental Scan, the full project also includes a Systematic Review, including a review of the theoretical evidence (see Systematic Review Technical Report, and Summary Report). Scope of the Environmental Scan Part 1 Part 1 of the Environmental Scan set out to map the current landscape of research and interventions aimed at promoting economic participation of people with a disability (with a focus on the three target populations) and identify promising areas of practice or innovation. This report addresses two of the three questions proposed by the NDIA for the Environmental Scan: 1. What research aimed at improving employment participation of people with either autism, intellectual disability or psychosocial disability is currently underway? 2. What are the applicable current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally? Part 1 of the Environmental Scan is primarily descriptive with some limited analysis of the quality of intervention (using meta-evaluation) and identification of gaps and indicators of innovation. -- p. 3

The Economic Participation and Employment project is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. The program aims to better understand the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different disability employment interventions and also provide insight into the best current evidence and practice relating to these programs. The research is a collaborative project between researchers at the Disability and Health Unit within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of New South Wales Public Service Research Group. This component of the project was a desktop scan of current and recent Australian research; and current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally (2015-2021 inclusive). Environmental Scan Part 1 was conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence

CONTENTS : EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 -- SCOPE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN PART 1 1 -- KEY FINDINGS 1 -- STRUCTURE AND PRESENTATION OF THIS REPORT 3 --SECTION 1: METHODS 5 -- 1.1. Inclusion and exclusion criteria 5 -- 1.2. Search methods 5 -- 1.3. Analysis 6 -- 1.4. Limitations 7 -- SECTION 2: CURRENT AND RECENT AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH 8 -- 2.1. Research by typology 8 -- 2.2. Characteristics of the research field for each target population 11 -- 2.3. Current research projects 14 -- SECTION 3: CURRENT MODELS, PRACTICES, INNOVATIONS DELIVERED WITHIN AUSTRALIA AND INTERNATIONALLY 21 -- 3.1. Disability employment interventions in Australia – a complex landscape 21 -- 3.2. Current Australian interventions identified in the environmental scan 21 -- 3.3. Current International interventions identified in the environmental scan 38 -- 3.3.1. Types of interventions being delivered 38 -- SECTION 4: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 45 -- REFERENCES 48 -- APPENDIX A: METHODS 53 -- Inclusion and exclusion criteria 53 -- Search methods 53 -- Data entry and analysis 63 -- APPENDIX B: INTERVENTION TYPOLOGY 64 -- Development of typology 64 -- Refinement of typology 67 -- Appendix C: Organisations carrying out research 71 -- Appendix D: Identified Australian and international interventions 72 -- Appendix E: Government funded interventions 101 -- Further information 103

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