The OC Connections team has been out and about connecting with Melbourne’s disability school communities at post-school transition expos in March. Our team has been assisting students and their families in exploring their post-school options. Our Day Support Assistant Manager, Tracy Forbes and Engagement Coordinator, Esmee Uulf attended Bulleen Heights School on 15 March and Eastern Ranges School on 27 March to discuss the transition to further education and pathways to employment after graduation.
Many parents and families are anxious about future options for their sons or daughters and find these expos helpful in planning the next step, with most looking for answers to NDIS queries and assurance that they are on the right path. We provide families with information on accommodation, further education, employment and supported employment, day support, recreation and NDIS. Tracy says the expo-style events allow parents to ask questions in their own time, have one-on-one discussions and find out specific information suitable to the student’s situation. It also provides great feedback on the work that OC Connections is doing and the reputation we have in the field.
“Participants and families were enthusiastic about the suite of services we offer and the opportunities they see in the provision of flexible responsive supports,” said Tracy. Having prospective participants and families hear about the support OC Connections provide was also very powerful. One parent commented: “I think you are ahead of the others”.
Families also appeared to be very interested in employment opportunities and in-home support and, for those who have not had their planning session, Pre-planning support.
Our team will also be attending the Southern Autistic School’s Expo (26 April) and Futures 2018 Expo at Heatherwood School (9 May).
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