50th anniversary of helping South Australians with a disability find rewarding jobs

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Barkuma celebrates 50th anniversary of operation in SA

TRAVIS Hogan and Raksmey Khun have 50 reasons to smile.

Their employer, not-for-profit organisation Barkuma, will host a party on Friday to celebrate its 50th anniversary of helping South Australians with a disability find rewarding jobs, and learn new skills.

Last year, Barkuma supported 749 people with a disability — a client growth of 3745 per cent since its incorporation in 1967 — and is now gearing up to support those people as the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out from July for people aged 18 to 64.

Barkuma chief executive officer Geoff Blackwood said the organisation was now well prepared to deliver support to its clients as the NDIS expanded.

“This year, the NDIS will begin to cater for people within our key age demographics, specifically people of working age,” he said.

“Our experience, including our half century of learning, will see us successfully adapt and continue to help lead our industry through change.

“We have spoken to our clients and they have provided their guidance on how they would best like us to support them moving into the future.

“We are taking the time to refine processes through continual learning and feedback.”

Travis, 22, who has an intellectual disability and has been with Barkuma for seven years, is among those who will transfer to the NDIS package in July.

Raksmey, 17, who also has an intellectual disability, started with Barkuma last year and the NDIS was rolled out for her age bracket last month.

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