School to adult life transition support

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Carers Queensland is working on a School to Adult Life Transition Project to identify potential barriers and challenges for young people transitioning from school to adult life, as well as realising the positive impacts that have supported students during this important life transition.

It comes as statistics show that of the participants aged 15-18 years old entering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

  • 10% were currently working in a paid job
  • 31% had been actively involved in a community, cultural or religious group within the last 12 months.

*Report: “Young adults in the NDIS aged 15-24 years at 30 June 2021” National Disability Insurance Scheme

Through the School to Adult Life Transition Community of Practice, we are bringing key education and youth-centred stakeholders together to identify barriers and opportunities, consider existing resources and facilitate collaborative opportunities to support students as they start their journey into adulthood.

Get involved

Young adults with disability aged 18-25 years

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Would you like to share your experiences of transitioning from school to contribute towards positive change in the lives of young people with disability who are yet to leave school?

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 are inviting young adults with disability to express their interest in being part of the project’s online Amplifying Young Voices Reference Group. We are seeking young adults from different regional areas who have finished school and are exercising choice and control at home, study, work and/or in the community.

By working together, we can share learnings about post-school transitions and identify ways to support young people still in school to feel empowered in planning for their adult life.

Express your interest

To get involved, please read and follow the Application Instructions, including reading the Terms of Reference and then complete the Expression of Interest form online.

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.

Parents and carers of young people with disability attending high school

Carers Queensland is working with parents and carers of young people with disability attending Years 9 to 12/13 at high school to identify positive pathways as these students transition from school to adult life.

Family Connect Forums

Carers Queensland Family Connect Forums are half-day face-to-face events that bring together parents and carers to help you:

  • connect and learn from other families and carers
  • engage in a welcoming space to discuss the experiences of your young person's transition to date
  • increase your knowledge about successful transitions from school to adult life
  • feel empowered to set and achieve transition-related goals with your young person.

“The forum was a good opportunity to connect to other families, get information and ideas and ask for help” – Chermside Forum attendee

“Thank you very informative, positive and educational” – Caboolture Forum attendee

“Enjoyed getting the opportunity to connect with individuals with similar experience” – Calamvale Forum attendee

For more information about Family Connect Forums, please contact our Community and Mainstream team at cq.communityandmainstream@ndis.gov.au.

Hot Topics

Carers Queensland Hot Topic sessions are one-hour online/virtual sessions exploring specific topics of interest to parents and carers as they navigate the transition path from school to adult life.

  • Hear from guest presenters who are subject matter experts.
  • Explore key challenges that young people face and understand how you can support your young person.
  • Connect and learn from other families and carers.

To register your interest for upcoming sessions, please contact our Community and Mainstream team at cq.communityandmainstream@ndis.gov.au.

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