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Queensland Government media release

More than 550 school leavers with disability can look forward to a brighter future thanks to funding support from the Queensland Government.

Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke today (6 September) visited the Care Central Expo in Chandler where she announced more than $10 million in funding would be provided to all 558 school leavers with a disability that we know are leaving school this year.

“The funding will give these young school leavers the help to strengthen their informal and community networks and assistance to develop a range of skills enabling them to make meaningful choices about their futures,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Leaving school can often be an uncertain time for many young people as they transition into adulthood and often there are additional challenges for a young person with disability.

“This funding seeks to mitigate some of these additional challenges and to provide them with support as they make their journey into adult life.”

Mrs O’Rourke said the support can be as simple as helping them to develop living skills such as catching public transport and learning to use computers through to helping them to make connections with local community groups.

“The shift from school to adulthood should be an exciting time for school leavers and anything that can be done to help young people with disability to avoid unnecessary stress with the transition can have a major impact on their quality of life,” she said.

“It is an exciting time for people with disability as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out throughout Queensland.

“But as a government we want to ensure that for those who have not yet moved to NDIS, funding supports remain in place.

“Our ongoing commitment to support Queenslanders with disability can be seen through our record $1.887 billion in this year’s State Budget for disability services and the NDIS rollout.”

To find out more information about support for school leavers with disability visit:

https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability/support-services/our-services/support-school-leavers

The Care Central Expo combines service providers for people with disability, seniors and carers. The expo is free to the public and brings together more than 80 exhibitors from around Brisbane to talk about services, share information and network.

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