iPad technology to enhance lives of people with a disability

There were smiles all round at Toowoomba Learning & Lifestyle today as Endeavour Foundation service users were presented with iPads following a $5,000 donation from Robertson Scannell.

The Toowoomba-based firm won the 2012 Community Award at the annual conference of Count Financial in recognition of the number of fundraising activities it has been involved with - and was presented with $10,000 from the Count Charitable Foundation for the charity of its choice.

Robertson Scannell chose to donate $5,000 to its team in the Queensland Cancer Council’s Relay For Life and $5,000 to Endeavour Foundation to purchase iPads for Toowoomba L&L.

Dan Gabbett, Partner at Robertson Scannell, presented the iPads to service users at the Learning & Lifestyle on Stenner Street, Toowoomba, this morning - and it was only a matter of minutes before everyone was plugged in to check out the new gadgets!

“The iPads will be particularly helpful with our Creating Opportunities in Learning and Lifestyle (COiLL) program,” said Endeavour Foundation Area Manager for Disability Services in south-west Queensland, Tanya McCulkin. “The service users and families were thrilled.”

Through the COiLL project, Endeavour Foundation is piloting a new person-centred initiative which will provide greater opportunities for people with a disability and increase the opportunity for formalised learning. The iPads purchased with Robertson Scannell’s donation will provide service users with more opportunities for interactive engagement and learning and a means of better communicating their needs and desires.

Endeavour Foundation’s use of this technology in the delivery of person-centred active support has already had very positive results, with one non-verbal Learning & Lifestyle client in Gympie now using an iPad, combined with facilitated communication, to tell staff what she needs and wants.

Following the successful trial of COiLL, Endeavour Foundation anticipates that we will roll out the program across all Learning & Lifestyles. And thanks to the generosity of Robertson Scannell, the COiLL program in Toowoomba is steaming ahead at full strength!



Andree Heslin, Media & Communications Officer
Ph (07) 3908 7257, Mobile 0401 945 429, email a.heslin@endeavour.com.au