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Fun Evening Classes for People with a Disability

Fun Evening Classes for People with a Disability

Course Description

What is the Inclusive Community Education Program?  

The Inclusive Community Education Program (ICEP) is a component of Flexible Respite funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing Disability and Home Care - ADHC). ICEP aims to support people with a disability to participate in recreation and leisure based courses/activities of their choice in a mainstream setting.

Key features of ICEP.  
Recreation and leisure courses are provided in response to students’ areas of interest. Courses are provided in the late afternoon/ evenings or at weekends to support working carers. Courses are developed to reflect and support the engagement of students with a range of different needs. Support is provided to facilitate students to transition to mainstream classes.  Carers and families have the opportunity to enjoy a break from their caring roles.

Special consideration will be given to younger Aboriginal people with a disability who may have left school prematurely and are not participating in any other programs.

Fun, social classes in a variety of subjects such as music, art, craft, cooking, dancing, photography, computers etc

3 hour classes with qualified tutors assisted by Disability Support Workers

Enrolment is ongoing for classes in:

Dapto on Monday evenings
Bomaderry on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
Kiama on Wednesday evenings
Shellharbour on Thursday evenings

Classes start from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Who is eligible to enrol in ICEP classes?  I
ICEP is a program for people with a disability who;
  • Are aged 18 years and over (with some flexibility around the lower age)
  • Have an unpaid carer (people who are recipients of the Carers Allowance or other benefits are considered to be unpaid carers)
  • Reside in the Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas

ICEP is not available to people who currently live in ADHC funded accommodation services as the focus is to provide respite to unpaid carers.
ICEP aims to particularly provide access to people with a disability who are socially isolated and / or have limited access to recreational or leisure activities.
Special consideration will be given to younger Aboriginal people with a disability who may have left school prematurely and are not participating in any other programs

What support is provided?   Class tutors have experience of teaching people who have a disability. In addition the college provides a number of Support Workers qualified in Disability Services to assist the students with their needs and help them to get the most from the learning experience.
What is the cost of attending?  Courses are available free of charge to eligible students. (Students or carers may be asked to contribute to the cost of resources for certain topics e.g. cooking ingredients, but this is not the norm).
What about transport?  It is normally expected that Carers will transport students to and from classes but if this is not possible please discuss your situation with the College’s ICEP Coordinator.
What should I do next?  Please contact the College in the first instance - contact details are below. 

You will then be contacted by the ICEP Coordinator John Kenny who will discuss the next steps with you.

 

Funded by Ageing, Disabilities and Home Care, NSW Department of Family & Community Services – Inclusive Community Education Program [ICEP]

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