Written by Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Celine Windsor.
“What opportunities does my child have to keep learning after high school?” This is a common question parents ask. The following article by Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist Celine Windsor outlines the various options for post-school study as well as what supports may be available.
There are many ways that people with disabilities can continue to learn after high school, whether the goal is gaining life skills and/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 providers of tertiary studies are very accommodating and willing to do what they can to help people with disabilities to complete the requirements of their course. Each learning centre will have an Abilities Coordinator or Disability Support Officer available to provide information about:
- 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 are not able to finish their studies, having the opportunity to learn can still be helpful for personal growth and self-discovery.
For more information
- Career Centre – A great starting point to find out more about pathways to different jobs or careers.
Phone: 13 64 64 or (08) 9224 6500
Phone: 6488 2423
Phone: 9370 6960
Phone: 9360 6084
Phone: 9433 0950
Phone: 9266 7850
Phone: 1800 001 001
Phone: 9427 1314 or 9427 1250
Each training provider is required to meet standards for disability access. Check with your prospective training provider to see what they are able to offer before enrolling in a course.
For more information about how Therapy Focus can support your transition to post-school training or work opportunities visit www.therapyfocus.org.au/transitions.