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Students discover disability career options

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

High school students from across the Geelong region were given a valuable insight into life working in the disability care sector as part of Friday's projectABLE workshop at Geelong's Eastern Hub.

The three-hour session was hosted and coordinated by a group of passionate people living with a range of disabilities who spoke about different career options in disability and community care.

Among the guest speakers was Mark Lazaroo from Karingal Training, a highly regarded Registered Training Organisation delivering job-ready and nationally-recognised qualifications and vocational short courses.

"If you're not sure about what uni course you want to do or if you're still gearing yourself up for work, certificate programs are a really great thing to do," Mark told the students.

projectABLE is now in its fifth year and since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013, the value of the program is even more pronounced.

An estimated 70,000 new workers in the disability care sector will be needed by 2019, and the session targeted students to explain that there is more to disability work than just being a carer.

"We need to show young people two things: that there are lots of career opportunities, and that people with disabilities are not somebody to be afraid of," said projectABLE presenter Chris Van Ingen.

Chris, who has low vision, was involved in the development of Karingal's new website to ensure that people with impaired vision can access the site easily and efficiently.

"It's everybody's responsibility to make society more accessible for everyone," Chris said.

To find out more about the projectABLE initiative, which is free for schools, contact Acting National Student Program Manager Mary Lou McPherson on 0491 226 509.

Pictured below: Students hold up their projectABLE showbags alongside the presenters at the conclusion of Friday's session.

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