As my own disability progressed I found it more and more difficult to work in a typical office environment – while JobAccess provided some of the equipment I needed such as a standing desk I still required flexibility in shorter days and frequent rest breaks.
I found the policies and procedures on flexible work places and disability accommodations didn’t translate well into the real world. At the same time many of my colleagues were leaving or considering leaving due to the inflexibility of hours, long commutes, limited ability to work from home and/or needing to follow a partner’s work such as in mining or defence forces.
Would I need to leave too? That was a heartbreaking thought. I love what I do, I didn’t wish to give it up. It was about then that I heard about my current employer Umbo – a company at the cutting-edge of providing new ways of therapy including online appointments – who are passionate about seeing all Australians (particularly those in remote or rural communities) getting access to therapy services, who valued people with a disability, and who see difficulties and problems not as walls or barriers but as opportunities to find new and innovative solutions.
Having access to online therapy services means I can continue working in my profession with the flexibility I need and my kids can also get access to the therapy services they need regularly.