Resources to live well with SMA

Neuromuscular clinics provide specialised care for neuromuscular
conditions, including SMA. Coordinated care through a
neurologist is recommended, and SMA clinics offer proactive care.

Tips to help find employment1-3

Having SMA shouldn’t be a barrier to employment, but it may feel hard to overcome. If you’re thinking about what you’re going to do, whether it’s a parttime job or a future career, you can take positive steps to make it happen.

  • Identify strengths and interests
  • Talk to your careers advisor and teachers
  • Set a clear, realistic goal. Goals can be specific (e.g. find a part-time job for summer) or general (e.g. learn a trade). Break the goal down to smaller, achievable goals (e.g. write a resumé, enrol in TAFE)
  • Contact agencies and services that specalise in help people prepare for and find work. Many can be found here
  • Learn specific skills
  • Ask for help writing a resumé and job applications
  • Practice job interviewing
Tips to help find employment
Tips to help find employment
Tips to help find employment

1.NDIS. Thinking about work. Accessed: February 2023.

2.Department of Social Services. Disability Employment Services. Accessed: February 2023.

3.Raising Children Network. Jobs and employment: teenagers with disability, ASD and other additional needs. Accessed: February 2023.

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