Me, Myself and Ipswich Life Skills Course
It has been a long term vision of CATS Inc to provide and implement a Life Skills Course that is complimentary and supportive of the young people’s individual goals and activities. This vision is now made possible through the acquisition of suitable premises, and the design of a course that meets a range of common educational needs that will enhance the young person’s ability to participate in, and access their community.
- A Structured Life Skills Course conducted in a small, group based, adult learning environment.
- A course that is designed specifically for young people with disabilities making the transition from school to adult life, a course that had each of the CATS young people in mind.
- A course that is individualised and outcomes-based, covering a range of topics that affect young people as they transition into adulthood.
- A course that has been designed in collaboration with a Registered Training Organisation.
- A course that has drawn on the Special Education qualifications of the Service Co-ordinator and experience in working directly with young adults with disabilities in post school and community based activities.
- A course that includes the transference of skills from the learning environment to the community in which the young people participate. To facilitate this, the course includes the implementation of experiential learning, and practical exercises to be undertaken in their individual sessions with the assistance of their Lifestyle Support Worker.
- A course that has been broken down into modules with the criteria and outcomes linked directly to the Queensland Disability Service Standards.
- A course that will be delivered using state-of-the-art communications technology, interactive computer programs and learning resources.
The Me, Myself and Ipswich project is committed to engaging young people in the program so that they are able to make informed choices about self care, health, first aid, personal safety, road safety, budgeting, money handling, life & living, sexuality, relationships, the ways to speak, feel, look and touch and much, much more for the rest of their lives. It is a preventative life skills resource that aims to empower young people to make better lifestyle choices, engage with community health issues, become better informed citizens, and access their community more appropriately.
It is strongly encouraged that all young people receiving service support from CATS access this course, as it provides the educational framework, and building blocks to facilitate skills development and community participation.