MAX paves way for disability employment

Four Sunshine Coast residents with disability experienced a work try out day with Mantra Mooloolaba Beach as part of the AccessAbility Day program.

The program gives employers and people with disability the opportunity to break down barriers, meet on mutual terms, and build networks and relationships.

The job shadowing opportunity gave the four MAX Solutions customers a taste of life in a busy resort hotel to see if hospitality was for them.

Darrell Harris, 60, who has permanent hearing loss in one ear, job shadowed in pool maintenance.

Rachael Bottomley, 21, who lives with autism, took on the challenge of housekeeping.

Melanie Bernard, 30, who lives with an intellectual disability, assisted with conference duties while her partner, Dale Mackay, 43, job shadowed the cleaning staff.

Across the country, 57 other MAX customers also participated in AccessAbility Day with employers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.