Don't dis my ability

Monday, 01 December 2008

Challenger TAFE’s Access and Participation and Student Services sections are hosting celebrations on this Thursday’s International Day of People with a Disability in honour of student successes and in recognition of the valuable contributions of the College’s school, industry and community partners.

The day is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Challenger TAFE in particular will be acknowledging guests and representatives from partner organisations who will be present at the celebrations including Activ Foundation, Workpower, Disability Services Commission, DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia) and Castlereagh.

The day will bring together the Challenger TAFE community and aims to showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disability, and promote a positive image of people with disability

Challenger TAFE is proud of the range of courses and services that the College provides, and the increasing numbers of students with a disability who are learning, growing and enjoying a better qualify of life as a result of participating in our programs.

The attached posters feature real-life students going about their normal study and project activities. They provide examples of the broad range of skills being developed by Challenger TAFE students, which will be on show at the event.

Employees who were nominated by their Employment Support Officers to participate in a Certificate I in Transport and Logistics (Warehousing) course at Challenger TAFE will be receiving their certificates. The six men are employed by Activ at their O’Connor warehouse and were assessed by the College using the RPL process which acknowledged their years of service in the industry and the competencies they demonstrated in the warehouse.

Challenger TAFE staff who work with students with disabilities will also be recognised for their outstanding service.

Other activities include the screening of a student-produced film, performances of student-written songs, and a sausage sizzle for all students and staff to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Stalls for several organisations will be open on-Campus including the WA Deaf Society, Senses Foundation, GROW, Citizen Advocacy, Disability Discrimination Services, Activ, Workpower, and Challenger TAFE Student Services.

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