Elise had an NDIS plan in place prior to study which was tremendously positive. Her support worker Belinda from Magenta Community Services is with Elise all the time - selected partly due to her experience in kitchen operation, her knowledge of the VET sector, and her personality - made turning up for the first day and all through the course beneficial. Knowing that Belinda was close by during the course alleviated any first day nerves and enabled Elise to grow and fly.
Many months prior to commencing at TAFE Elise’s family met with disability services to discuss courses and accommodations and this provided them with confidence that all that could be implemented was done. Belinda throughout the course has direct communication with TAFE disability services to discuss course progression, advocate for accommodation needs such as assignment extensions, and general supports to ensure learning was productive and rewarding. Belinda work collaboratively with the TAFE provided disability worker. Having these supports allowed a clear means of monitoring Elise’s learnings.
Elise’s first interest was in childcare however after discussions with disability services it was decided that kitchen operation was a pathway that would best suit her capabilities. Elise is looking to secure work in food preparation in a childcare centre, nursing home, or school cafeteria.
Elise will complete her studies this year and is positive about her future. The family attribute this to a well-matched support worker and the adjustments from TAFE Queensland Toowoomba campus.
Gill, Elise’s mum recommends:
- When you go for your NDIS plan, identify your dreams including work and study, make a list of what you believe you need to achieve your dreams and ensure you have a team around you to ask questions and to look over and review your plan.
- Be organised and take the time to visit disability services at the learning institution to ensure all accommodations are in place prior to starting.
- Have a look at what all your life involves and note down all the supports you want and then ensure that you have mechanisms in place to ensure everything is delivered appropriately.
Belinda, Elise’s NDIS Support Worker recommends:
- Meeting with Disability Services prior to study and setting parameters and negotiating who does what task while in class.Ensure regular communication with Disability Services.
- Be open minded and adaptable to learn on your feet.
- Having exposure to the vocation that is being studied or knowledge of the post school education and training sector is beneficial.
- Bring all your life skills.
- Be a strong advocate for the student to ensure they have the best experience.
Further Education, the NDIS and You resource with more stories like Elise and tips on who does what in post school education and training and tips for success will be launched soon. This resource is collaboration with interested NDCOs covering Australia.