BenjaminBenjamin (17) is in year 12. He loves cooking, and visual and performing arts, and wants to study hospitality when he finishes high school.

Benjamin is autistic and receives government funding for speech therapy. He relies on his dad José to find the services he needs, but he knows the day will come when he will want to search for himself.

Benjamin first heard about the Disability Gateway at school and he is interested in finding out about the support available to help him pursue a career in hospitality.

“I like how the information is organised in different sections, like education, finance and leisure. It makes it easier to find what you want,” Benjamin says.

“After visiting the Disability Gateway website, I know there is support available for me when I finish school to find a job. It’s useful for me but also for the people who care for me.”

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Benjamin’s story

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Benjamin is 17 years old.

He is in Year 12.


Benjamin loves to:


  • cook


  • watch performances.


He wants to study hospitality when he finishes high school.


When you work in hospitality, you might:

  • work at a restaurant or café
  • plan fun events for different places, like on a cruise ship.


Benjamin has autism.

Autism is a disability that might affect how you:

  • think
  • feel
  • communicate
  • connect and deal with others.


Benjamin also gets money from the government to get support from a speech therapist.

A speech therapist helps people learn how to:

  • talk
  • communicate.


Benjamin found out about the Disability Gateway when he was at school.


He wanted to learn more about what supports he can have to work in hospitality.


He said,

“I like how the information is organised in different sections.”


After using the Disability Gateway, Benjamin knows there will be support for him when he finishes school.


He thinks the Disability Gateway is helpful for:

  • him
  • the people who support him.