Stanthorpe gets into the driver’s seat with Endeavour Foundation

13 September 2019

People with a disability in Stanthorpe will be in the driver’s seat this Disability Action Week (Sept 15 – 22) thanks to Endeavour Foundation’s Stanthorpe Learning and Lifestyle hub.

The disability service provider is rolling out a new interactive Virtual Reality driving simulation aimed at giving people with intellectual disability the opportunity to get behind the wheel and practise driving skills in a safe learning environment.

To celebrate, Endeavour Foundation is teaming up with Brass Monkey Classic Car Club Inc. and inviting the Stanthorpe community to try the new technology and enjoy a display of classic vehicles.

Support and Operations Manager Penny Mann said Endeavour Foundation was investing in technology to improve learning outcomes for people with intellectual disability.

“We’re bringing this technology to Stanthorpe because we believe Virtual Reality is a fantastic way of supporting people with intellectual disability to learn new things and gain confidence in a safe environment,” Ms Mann said.

“We have a host of interactive simulations including catching public transport, using the ATM, working as a barista and other work safety training tools.

“We’ve also rolled out the Connect App – a mobile application unique to Endeavour Foundation which offers friends and family members a window into our Learning and Lifestyle hubs.”

Declan O’Halloran attends Endeavour Foundation’s Stanthorpe Learning and Lifestyle hub and said he hopes training in the new VR driving simulation will help him get his licence.

“I can’t wait to get my driver’s licence so I can have more independence,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“The VR is a great way to practice driving on an actual road and will help a lot when it’s time for me to get my licence and help me prepare for my learners test.”

Ms Mann said Endeavour Foundation had long enjoyed fantastic community support in Stanthorpe.

“It’s great that while we’re launching our new Virtual Reality technology, we’ve got the Brass Monkeys bringing a display of vehicles so the people we support and the Stanthorpe community can enjoy a whole range of modern and classic cars as well as try out our virtual driving simulation,” she said.

“I hope the Stanthorpe community will join us to celebrate Disability Action Week.”

To find out how Endeavour Foundation can support you to live your best life, call 1800 112 112 or go to endeavour.com.au.

Contact us to find out how we can support you

Share:    



Other blogs and information you maybe interested in

Open Letter on COVID-19 safety measures needed for Queenslanders with disability

Endeavour Foundation has leant our voice to an open letter to Commonwealth and State disability and health ministers.

The letter, from Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Health Consumers Queensland, along with allies from across the disability and health sectors, calls for vital supplies, services and supports in the current Omicron environment.

Endeavour Foundation gives 8000 free rapid COVID tests to staff

Endeavour Foundation will give its 4000 staff free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 transmission and curb potential outbreaks in its disability services.

Appointment of new CEO, David Swain

 

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Swain has accepted the role of Endeavour Foundation CEO, and we look forward to welcoming David into the role on Monday 13th December.

Great Endeavour Rally raises record funds for people with disability

The 2021 adventure, dubbed “the Simpson Desert Adventure”, was postponed twice due to lockdowns and border restrictions but ultimately more than 43 teams banded together to raise more than $578,000 for Endeavour Foundation, a record-breaking total.

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.