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Discovering Work - The Next Steps in Years 9 & 10 : 31 October 2022

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School to Work – Introductory Webinars for secondary school students with a disability and their families.

This webinar, the second in the Discovering Work series, will provide your secondary student and family with an opportunity to stop and consider what work is; why it is important and why it should not be dismissed as unachievable for people with disability.

Practical steps and tips will be offered including starting early and looking to your community and connections for opportunities to get started. 

Exploration of a variety of pathways through senior school years and to work are discussed including linking an NDIA support plan goal to employment.

The webinar will include live Q&A.

About the Webinar: 

This webinar will cover: 

  • Exploring what work is and why it is important
  • The benefits of starting now
  • Working out what you would like to do? – review interests, passions and strengths
  • Experiencing and sampling work
  • An introduction to school pathways
  • Employment goals in NDIA support plans

Download the Flyer here (pdf)

Download the Accessible flyer here (word doc)

About the Presenters: 

Gina Barwell-Pickup started at CRU in August 2020 as a consultant in the ‘School to Work’ project. Since studying business at university, Gina has held a broad range of roles in a variety of industries including hotels, education and in State government and small business. Additional experience in recruitment will equip her well to assist students to get ready for work. Gina is passionate about the value of employment for people with disability and is currently supporting her own teenager on this journey.

Casey Northam is a Community Resource Facilitator with CRU. Casey has worked in community development and social justice focused roles and is an experienced group facilitator and trainer. After a brief stint as a Local Area Coordinator, Casey worked with individuals with disability and families and facilitated the co-design of information and resources by and for LGBTIQAP+ people with intellectual disability. Casey is passionate about all people having what they need to pursue a meaningful life as determined by them.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is for secondary school students with disabilities and their families. Supporters and allies are also welcome to attend. This particular webinar is designed for families with a student in Years 9 & 10. Other webinars are being currently offered for Years 7 & 8 and Years 11 & 12.

What do I need to participate?

We will be using the video meeting platform Zoom to host the webinar.

You will need access to:
• a computer or iPad/tablet or smart phone with internet access;
• speakers/sound

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate.

About CRU:

For over 30 years, Community Resource Unit has been working across Queensland to help people with disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community.

CRU (QLD), Resourcing Inclusive Communities, an initiative of Family Advocacy (NSW) and Imagine More (ACT) will work together on a new three year project called ‘School to Work’.

'School to Work’ aims to inspire, increase confidence and motivate students with disability to seek and find meaningful employment with the help and support of their family and community.

The project is being provided as part of the Community Inclusion Capacity Development program through The Department of Social Services.



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