Disability confidence achievers recognised

Date posted: 
7 May 2012


Disability confidence achievers recognised


Over the last eight weeks, eight dedicated Canberrans have been learning techniques to help people with disability become more confident and follow their dreams. They will be presented with certificates by Jayne Johnston, Executive Director of Tertiary Education and Performance in the ACT Government's Education and Training Directorate, at the new Disability Information Support Hub at 62 Oatley Court Belconnen at 1030 tomorrow morning (Tuesday 8 May).  


Nican received Adult Community Education (ACE) grant funding from the ACT Government to run a project called Know Before You Go to build disability confidence to plan and get involved in social, recreational and cultural activities in Canberra.

"Central to the project is this train-the-trainer course to provide community workers, stakeholders and champions with the skills to empower people facing isolation and disadvantage to be more involved and active in their communities," said Jim McGrath, Nican's project officer and trainer.

"People with disability have low levels of community participation - socially, recreationally and economically. Turning this around can have really positive results in so many areas. Know Before You Go is all about self-discovery, which requires some courage and commitment. It can be scary following your dreams, but the response to this approach has been really positive," he said.

Participants have come from a range of organisations in the region, including:

·         Advance Personnel

·         Advocacy for Inclusion

·         Belconnen Community Services

·         LEAD

·         Monaro Family Support Services

·         Woden Community Services


Jan Kruger, of local disability service LEAD, was enthusiastic about the outcomes.


"The train-the-trainer course improved my capacity to run small groups within our organization. The course was well structured and was a great opportunity to network and share ideas," she said.


TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW: please contact Jim McGrath on 0405 347 545