The journey from School to Career
Like other Australians, people with disability are seeking further education and training in order to pursue employment opportunities and prosperous career paths.
Post-secondary education is increasingly becoming an option for students with intellectual disability, and progressively, effective post-secondary education providers are running classes that are personalised, small, and focused on individual learning. As well as providing this optimized learning environment, there is a focus on vocational training and providing workshops relating to financial literacy, community safety and work readiness.
This new and evolving model of training is more effective when providers work in partnership with personalised support providers. An example of a provider that is doing this very well is Inclusion Training.
Inclusion Training has built their education model to provide many options to personalize the learning experience for students. They offer ‘taster courses’ to help students select a course of their interest. Inclusion Training also focus on literacy and numeracy skills.
As highlighted by disability education investigator Sheppard-Jones in 2015, research shows that post-secondary study leads to more job opportunities, higher income, increased independence and a decreased need for ongoing support. To quote the study: “post-secondary education offers the promise of pursuing a valued social role, enhanced social networks, and, most significantly, increased employment options”.