Carers Queensland amplifies the voices of young adults with disability, lighting the path to adult life for young people

Published On: 7 July 2023Categories: NDIS, News

Young adults with disability aged 18-25 years who have finished school and are now exercising choice and control at home, work and in the community are invited to express their interest in Carers Queensland’s School to Adult Life Transition Amplifying Young Voices Reference Group.

Carers Queensland’s School to Adult Life Transition project aims to identify positive pathways as young people with disability transition from school to adult life.

“We recognise that there are gaps for young people with disability in terms of information, resources and choice when it comes to transitioning from school to adult life,” Jim Toohey, Chair of the Carers Queensland Board said.

“The NDIS Baseline Outcomes for NDIS Participants reports (30 June 2020 and 2021) highlight that what young people can take for granted as they enter adult life is not a reality for many young people with disability.

“For instance, approximately one third of young people with disability said they didn’t have friends outside of family or paid staff and most of these young people felt lonely.

“More than one in three young people with disability felt that they did not have opportunities to learn new things and wanted to.

“And more than two thirds of young people with disability did not have a job and wanted one.

“We can do better than that. And that’s what the Amplifying Young Voices Reference Group is about.”

Members of the Amplifying Young Voices Reference Group will use their experiences of transitioning from school to help contribute positively to changing the outlook and pathways for young people with disability who are yet to leave school.

Collectively, members of the reference group will:

  • have a wide range of post-school transition experience such as:
    • tertiary or vocational study
    • open employment, work experience or self-employment
    • connection with informal, community and/or government supports
    • social or community participation
    • volunteering
  • have an interest in making a difference in the lives of other young people who are still at school
  • represent each of Carers Queensland’s service regions (relevant local council areas are listed on the Expression of Interest form)

Expression of Interest applications close on Sunday 16 July 2023.

To get involved visit the School to Adult Life Transition page at   https://carersqld.com.au/ndis/inclusion-projects/school-to-adult-life-transition-support/

If you have any questions regarding the application process or documents, or would like assistance to complete the application, please contact the Carers Queensland LAC Community and Mainstream Team at cq.communityandmainstream@ndis.gov.au or phone the Carers Queensland Enquiries Line on 1300 999 636.