Parents and carers of students with disability are invited to attend the Disability Policy & Programs September 16 2021 Parent Forum
Hosted by the Department for Education, the Parent Forums are to inform and engage with parents or carers about the services and supports available for children and young people with disability.
The theme for the day is ‘Navigating Together’, and will open with the keynote ‘My Lived Experience’, by Matt Cowdrey OAM, Member for Colton and Paralympian.
Matt presently holds numerous world records. He has a congenital amputation of his left arm; it stops just below the elbow. He competed at the 2004 Paralympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2008 Paralympic Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 Paralympic Games. After the 2012 London Games, he is the most successful Australian Paralympian, having won thirteen Paralympic gold medals and twenty three Paralympic medals in total. On 10 February 2015, Cowdrey announced his retirement from swimming.
Participants will then have the opportunity to attend 2 workshops:
- Successful transition through school – Moving from preschool to school and on to high school can be challenging for all young people and will be especially true for the year 6 and 7 students moving with the double cohort in 2022. The session will focus on what good transition can look like from preschool to primary to secondary school and how parents/carers can be active participants in partnership with school staff.
- Post school life options – This presentation will be on career/employment options and supports available for students with a disability, including NDIS supports.
- Student Support Services: making the connections – This session will include the disciplines that make up Student Support Services (SSS), the type of work managed by the team, how services can be accessed and Q&A
- All about SERU – The session will highlight SERU resources and Services. It will provide a tour of the Unit, give parents time to explore the collection and register as borrowers.
Find more information about the presenters and sessions here.
The forums provide a safe and supportive environment to share experiences, obtain information and strategies, as well as providing the opportunity to have your questions answered. The information you provide will assist in the planning of future forums.
Numbers are limited and will be held maintaining current COVID 19 guidelines.
WHEN: Thursday 16th September 2021
9:30 – 10:00 Register / tea / coffee
10:00 – 2:00 Parent Forum
WHERE: Special Education Resource Unit
72A Marlborough Street
Henley Beach South Australia
For more information contact Jill at: Education.ParentForumConference@sa.gov.au