MORE than 550 disabled school students across Queensland can now look forward to a brighter future thanks to more than $10 million in state government funding.
Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke made the announcement today at the Care Central Expo in Chandler where she said the money would be provided to all 558 disabled students leaving school this year.
Mrs O’Rourke said the funding will help the young school leavers strengthen their informal and community networks and develop a range of skills enabling them to make meaningful choices about their futures.
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“Leaving school can often be an uncertain time for many young people as they transition into adulthood and often there are additional challenges for a young person with a disability,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“This funding seeks to mitigate some of these additional challenges and to provide them with support as they make their journey into adult life.”
Mrs O’Rourke said the support can be as simple as helping them to develop living skills such as catching public transport and learning to use computers through to helping them to make connections with local community groups.
“The shift from school to adulthood should be an exciting time for school leavers and anything that can be done to help young people with disability to avoid unnecessary stress with the transition can have a major impact on their quality of life,” she said.
“It is an exciting time for people with disability as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out throughout Queensland.
“But as a government, we want to ensure that for those who have not yet moved to NDIS, funding supports remain in place.
“Our ongoing commitment to support Queenslanders with a disability can be seen through our record $1.887 billion in this year’s State Budget for disability services and the NDIS rollout.”
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