Work & Community 

The Work and Community Program is our option for participants wanting to work in a group to access ongoing learning and community experiences working towards their personal goals.

About the Program

You would enrol with a particular area of interest in mind. Our staff then work with you to:

  • Equip you with skills to direct the path that you would like your life to take;
  • Provide a range of experiences that may assist you to determine what you enjoy or want to work towards;
  • Set goals that relate to your area of interest;
  • Make plans to work towards the identified goal;
  • Evaluate the progression towards this goal;
  • Provide therapy that will assist you to work towards your goal.

What takes place in the program?

The program is fluid and adapts to your goals. In our current group we generally spend our morning in the Launch pad, our dedicated learning space, working through areas like: making good choices, communication skills, teamwork and self-determination.

Our afternoons vary. For some participants it includes therapy sessions, such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, or recreational therapy. Others are supported in their work placements, while some go out into the community to participate in activities they have identified as interesting to them. We also provide customised training as the need arises.

Click here to see one day in the Work and Community Program for Linda and Josh.

Who can attend?

The NextPath program is a bespoke individualised program for young adults with an intellectual disability. There are no strict eligibility criteria, and it is really best to contact us for a discussion. Our current participants all have a mild to moderate intellectual disability, and we would aim to form groups who can work well together and provide support to one another. There may also be occasions when a young adult may prefer to work individually with a staff member. Learn more about our individual program here.

Community Learning Experiences

Community learning experiences, include both work placement and any other learning experiences that occur off-site. They are regarded as valuable educational experiences, integral to teaching and learning. Such opportunities are encouraged so long as the educational value of the activity is justified.

Work Placement

If one of your goals is to find a job, there is no better way to do so than to build your employability skills through exposure to employers and authentic employment opportunities. Many of our students are engaged in a process of exploration to assist with determining a career path. We are very fortunate to be a part of an extremely supportive community of employers who offer us many opportunities for work placement. 

Click here to read an article about Jack’s successful work placement that led to him publishing two stories in the Macarthur Chronicle.

Job Coaches

We have two Job Coaches who will focus on finding opportunities for you to gain skills and experience through work placements that are of interest to you, and align with your goals. They will also work with you and the rest of your team to ultimately help you gain employment.

Find out more

If you think this could be the program for you, or someone you know, we encourage you to give us a call. We are focused on finding solutions and pathways for adults with an intellectual disability, and will discuss with you a way to tailor a program to help you achieve your goals.

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