Study options after high school

By Melissa Athanassiou

Advanced Occupational Therapist

A common question parents ask, “what opportunities does my child with disability have to keep learning after high school?

There are many ways people with disabilities can continue to learn after high school, whether the goal is gaining life skills or finding employment. Your young adult may be able to go to university, TAFE or study online with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), which could lead to a certificate, diploma or degree of higher learning. There are also many holiday or short courses on offer.

Most tertiary studies providers are very accommodating and willing to do what they can to help people with disabilities complete their course requirements.

Each learning centre will have an Abilities Coordinator or Disability Support Officer available to provide information about:

  • Courses
  • Scholarships or grants
  • Campus tours with a focus on accessibility
  • Support services including advocacy, counselling, mentoring, AUSLAN interpreters or scribe
  • Study, exam and assignment techniques and workshops
  • Where to go for help
  • Options for support such as negotiating course loads, exam condition and liaising with teachers on the student’s behalf

Even if they cannot finish their studies, having the opportunity to learn can still be helpful for personal growth and self-discovery.

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For more information, consider getting in touch with the following organisations:

Jobs and Skills Centre

  • A great starting point to find out more about pathways to different jobs or careers.
  • Phone: 13 64 64 or (08) 9224 6500

University of Western Australia (UWA) – UniAccess Student Disability Services

  • Phone: (08) 6488 2423

Edith Cowan University (ECU) – Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service

  • Phone: (08) 9370 6960

Murdoch University – Student Disability Services

University of Notre Dame – Access and Inclusion

Curtin University – Student Disability Services

South Metro TAFE – Student Disability Services

North Metro TAFE – Student Disability Services

Training Accreditation Council

 

Each training provider is required to meet standards for disability access. Check with your prospective training provider to see what they can offer before enrolling in a course.

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