Preparations underway for a new Gold Coast education service for students

23 November 2015

Lobbying and persistent advocacy has paid off for families on the Gold Coast, in the form of a new education service for people with an intellectual disability due to start next year.

Endeavour Foundation has partnered with local group Advocates For Educating Adults With An Intellectual Disability to find out more about local needs and is now working with students and families to develop an innovative and interactive education option.

Education Services Manager Stewart Koplick said the organisations were grateful to be granted the use of ‘Pie Cottage’ Community Centre at Ashmore TAFE, providing a great home base for students to learn relevant skills and knowledge within the community.

“Students with a disability and Endeavour Foundation teaching staff have been working out the new curriculum, which will focus strongly on practical skills,” Mr Koplick said.

“Students and teachers are also having lots of fun planning the fit-out of ‘Pie Cottage’, choosing the décor and equipment they need for a great learning experience,” he said.

“We are very excited to be planning a curriculum based on what the students want to learn, which will make the learning experience even more powerful.”

Teresa Restall, a member of Advocates For Educating Adults With An Intellectual Disability, is excited that her daughter Hannah can continue to learn and develop skills through the new course.

“This course has been designed by Endeavour and with input from the advocacy group that I am part of, to really focus on numeracy, literacy and technology,” Ms Restall said.

“I hope this will be a pathway for Hannah to develop her literacy and numeracy skills so that in future she’ll be able to do a Certificate I or II course and look to some work experience or some work, whether it is paid or not, to be part of the community.

This course means everything to us. We think our family members deserve the pathway to educational opportunity, just the same as any other person that would attend university or another course,” she said.

National Business Manager for Children, Youth and Education, Simon Nugus, said, “The initiative offers inclusive, student-centred education and training that enhances skills development, job readiness and independent living for people with a disability.”

“It’s a privilege to be involved in giving young people the skills and tools they need to live the lives they want in the future,” Mr Nugus said.

Contact:
Kirrily Boulton
Mobile 0429 077 886 | Email k.boulton@endeavour.com.au

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing support to people with a disability throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This includes accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.

Contact us to find out how we can support you

Share:    



Other blogs and information you maybe interested in

Endeavour Foundation turns 70 – celebrating all abilities with showstopping Battle of the Bands

Endeavour Foundation turns 70 – celebrating all abilities with showstopping Battle of the Bands. Cameron who is blind, has been preparing to participate in Endeavour Foundation’s 70th anniversary Battle of the Bands, but life would probably have been much different for him 70 years ago.

Cairns students take learning virtual

Cairns State High School students are benefiting from world-leading Virtual Reality (VR) technology thanks to Endeavour Foundation.

Blooming lovely! - 7,000 bouquets for Mother's Day and vital jobs for Queenslanders with disability

For more than 30 years, Endeavour Foundation has harvested a field of dreams – row upon row of flowers that grow more opportunities for people living with disability.

Greener Gladstone: grant provides expansion opportunities for Gladstone social enterprise

Gladstone residents and businesses will soon be able to take a (paper) weight off their shoulders with a greener approach to recycling documents while providing new job opportunities for locals with disability.

Townsville to get $2m accessible housing investment

Townsville man John Galligan is feeling excited.

He’s one of four Townsville locals who will soon have the opportunity to live in a new fully accessible home thanks to Endeavour Foundation.

Biloela community backs new learning hub

People with intellectual disability in Biloela will have access to state-of-the-art support and skills development services, with Endeavour Foundation opening a Learning and Lifestyle day service thanks to the support of generous community fundraising.