This induction program gives students an understanding of the work we do; the rewards as well as the challenges.
By the end of the program your students will have comprehensive, practical knowledge they can apply to working with people with disability. They’ll also receive a certificate for each module they complete. A perfect addition to their resumes.
As another school term draws to a close, we would like to thank the over 350 students from across NSW who attended a projectABLE workshop in Term 3. One such school group was Sutherland Shire Christian School (SSCS). The article below by Katelyn Anderson (Year 10) was first featured in their school newsletter. Pictures are from some of Term 3’s newest projectABLE alumni.
On the 6 August seven year 10 students had the privilege of travelling to Northcott in Parramatta to take part in a program called projectABLE. This program informs students about careers in the disability sector and gives a better understanding of what it is like living with a disability.
Participant Jasmin Cochrane said, “The best thing I learnt from projectABLE was how individuals with disability view the world and what I could do to help them live a more independent quality of life.”
This program was really beneficial as it had a number of people who worked in the disability sector explain their career and what qualifications we would need at TAFE and University on the job
Breanna-Jade Hodge said,
“I knew that I wanted to work in disability before I left but I wasn’t quite sure what jobs were available. Now I have a better understanding and I am even more eager than before and surer that I would like to go in this direction as a career post-school.”
This program was not only informative but interactive. We participated in activities that would help us better understand the difficulties of living with a particular disability such as having a visual or hearing impairment. Some of the activities included learning sign language, describing to a partner a shape for them to draw without them seeing it and relying only on the feel of an item to guess what it is. One of the most beneficial and amazing parts of the day was talking to two ladies, Shirley aged 26 and Olivia aged 20; both born with a disability. These ladies work part time for Northcott and we had the pleasure to talk with them about their life growing up with a disability, the challenges they have faced and what they like to do for activities.
Shirley who has cerebral palsy communicated to us in an amazing way; she is unable to speak and so she spells out sentences using a tablet and one of her knuckles.
Lara Ishak said,
“I would definitely encourage students to do this program, it’s such a blessing and I loved every second. I think every student that goes would enjoy it too! It’s definitely not every day you have this opportunity to do something like this and it also gives you an idea of future careers and post school options, even if it’s for a part time job!”
It was an amazing day!
ITS NOT OVER YET! projectABLE workshops are continuing in Term 4.
From workshops to Certificate Training, where does the projectABLE journey take you? We speak to Kyrillos, student and projectABLE ambassador since 2011. Kyrillos featured in one of last year’s projectABLE ambassador videos alongside fellow ambassador and volunteer Amy with Louise Olsen from Dinosaur Designs, viewable online.
I began to get involved with projectABLE through the workshop at Interaction Disability Services (IDS) in Castle Hill, originally just to check it out and see what the community sector was about. The half day workshop was a really interactive lesson and really inspired me to keep on going.
Here I was able to apply for a First Aid Course and work experience in which I participated in dance with some clients from IDS. It was from this point forth that I took a great deal of interest in the program and understood the theoretical and practical components of a care career. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of three ambassadors, where I was fully able to enjoy a fulfilling experience with projectABLE.
projectABLE is a step in shifting from a normal working environment into more interactive places and it’s great because the community sector gets more recognition which is what we need at the moment.
I hope to one day become a doctor and assist clients who may not have their wants and needs attended by medical specialists who are possibly impatient and inconsiderate.
I gained a world’s worth from projectABLE. I was able to improve not only my communication skills but more importantly my perceptions of people with a disability. Everything that a disabled person needs and wants is the same as an able person needs and wants. Check projectABLE out, it’s a really great experience.
Where will projectABLE take you in 2013? We’ll be listing workshop dates soon – sign up to our newsletter to stay posted.