4. Full Inclusion
When job seekers become employees, the goal is to find inclusion both socially and economically.
You have the right to be fully included at your workplace in the same way as any other person who works there. This means you should feel you belong at your workplace, and feel that your co-workers respect you as an equal. If there are activities such as parties or dinners with the other staff people at your job, outside of the hours of your work, you should be included in those events too.
True community inclusion includes employment. Becoming involved in your community will allow you:
- to be seen as a contributing member of society,
- the opportunity to be valued and welcomed by peers in the workplace and community,
- a range of personal relationships that expand your social networks,
- an experience of belonging, and
- the opportunity to develop, pursue and achieve personal career goals.
Economic inclusion is about:
- the right to work
- the right to earn a competitive wage
- the right to spend your money where you want to spend it
- having the ability to look after your own needs – like paying for rent, groceries,
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