FINDING a job can be difficult for anyone, and for people with disabilities it can be particularly complicated and challenging.
But there's a lot of support and help available at Ability Options — a service which provides free employment services for people of all abilities.
Mt Druitt resident Danella Kupfer-Dunn suffers from asthma and depression, and she sought help from Ability Options.
"My children are all grown up now, and I'm looking for work," she said.
"I was at an employment expo and I bumped into a lady from Ability Options and I've been there ever since."
At Ability Options the employment services are free, and every month the staff helps more than 100 people with disabilities find a job.
This employer-base service continues to grow as job opportunities are increasing.
"There are different jobs out there for every situation," Ms Kupfer-Dunn said.
"I've just started with Ability Options. The staff is very approachable and they don't look down on you because of your disability.
"It's a friendly environment, and
everybody feels welcome."
She said this welcome feeling was particularly important.
"Well, for someone like me who suffers from depression, I found the environment and atmosphere very open, so it made it easy for me to open up more," Ms Kupfer-Dunn said.
"I hope to get permanent part-time work."
Ability Options' professional team understand the value of a job and they are dedicated to helping others achieve their employment goals.
"I would like to work in a community based indigenous position," Ms Kupfer-Dunn said.
"I would recommend Ability Options to others. "And if you're too scared to come in, a staff member can talk to you over the phone to make you feel comfortable and help you come in and keep appointments."
Ms Kupfer-Dunn said she would recommend Ability Options to anyone.
"Ability Options don't look at you as a person with a disability. The staff there look at you as a person, so it's easy to approach an employer," she said.
"It's good to have an organisation like that, because you know that they can be approached at any time."
■ Details: For more information call 1800 447 427 or visit abilityoptions.org.au