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Hundreds of Queenslanders with disabilities return to work

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More than 1,000 Queenslanders with an intellectual disability are heading back to the jobs they love today.

Endeavour Foundation is beginning a phased reopening of its Disability Enterprises, including services in Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie and Gladstone.

Work portfolio general manager Eric Teed said while employees were keen to get back into the routine of work, safety came first.

“Our ADEs are tailored for people who would struggle to find suitable work and face discrimination in the open job market, enabling them to have meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment,” Mr Teed said.

“As restrictions are easing, we’re reopening our group services in stages but as always safety is our number one priority and CovidSafe measures will remain in place.

“Having a job provides the benefit of social connection, increasing confidence and self-esteem, and improving physical and mental health so getting people back to work when it’s safe to do so is crucial.”