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Onto greener pastures for disability employment

Daniel Tickner, Front of House at Halekulani Bowling Club

Daniel Tickner, Front of House at Halekulani Bowling Club

Daniel Tickner has been working front of house at Halekulani Bowling Club for just over a year, and says that rarely is there a dull moment.

“I really enjoy working at the club. A couple of times a week we organise a show of some kind - last time it was drag bingo which was super fun!” he explains.

The bowling club provides an environment that is always varied and Daniel, who has autism, believes that disability employment is an important aspect in diversifying even further - not just for the club but all businesses in general.

“I think diversity and inclusion is really important in the workplace. Given the proper skill set, people with disability can succeed, and it is really important that everyone is given the opportunity to take on a job,” says Daniel.

Daniel’s manager, David English, says that managing not only Daniel, but a number of employees who live with disability, has been extremely rewarding. There are a range of benefits for companies that hire people with disability, and David believes that we need to embrace these.

“It’s really great to be able to give individuals living with disability the opportunity to be a part of our team - I’ve always been open minded to making the club as diverse as possible and I think this is important to carry through.

“Daniel interacts incredibly well with colleagues and customers alike, and the sense of camaraderie and teamwork at the club as a result is great,” says David.

Daniel’s role at the club includes a number of priorities. He takes deliveries and ensures that front of house is neat and tidy. He is also tasked with setting up indoor bowls - a job that requires more responsibility that his managers were happy to give him as he has demonstrated his capability and commitment to the club over the past year.

“I feel really supported in my role and it’s worked out well!” finishes Daniel.

For further insight on the benefits of employing people with disability, head to JobAccess, where you can also learn more about how the Employment Assistance Fund can be used for workplace adjustments and equipment.

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