Peel students with a disability invited to career expo

Peel students with a disability are invited to attend an exhibition aiming to make the life-after-school transition easier. 

John Tonkin Education Support Centre is inviting students, parents and carers from the whole community to the career and support exhibition, showcasing services available after school.

Former student student Carlia Arto’s mother Brenda did not know what her daughter could do after school, who has an intellectual disability, Tourette Syndrome, attention-deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Last year, Carlia connected with the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) at the exhibition, and through this has reached out to Midway and Interchange, who offer programs she can attend during the week. 

Brenda said her daughter was preparing to work, and could even do something entrepreneurial.

“We are looking at starting a cupcake business from home,” she said.

“Right now we’re working out if it’s feasible and if there is demand, but the organisations are helping us with all that. It’s great.”

We want to empower people with disabilities to take control of their lives by encouraging independence.

Jocelyn Carosin

Transition coordinator Jocelyn Carosin said the Fostering Different Abilities Expo was created to help people like Brenda and Carlia. 

“The expo is the driving force of getting information out,” she said. 

Jocelyn Carosin said the school wanted to bring awareness and information to the whole community.

“We want to empower people with disabilities to take control of their lives by encouraging independence,” she said. 

The event will include NDIS and Youth Disability Advocacy Network guest speakers and more than 35 service provider information stalls. 

The Halls Head College Education Support Centre choir will also be performing. 

The exhibition will be held at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club on September 12, from 10am to 1pm.