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 Transition from School to Work

A One Year Programme for Students with Disabilities Between the Ages of 16 and 21

Transition from School to the Community is part of Career Moves commitment to supporting people with a disability.

The Transition programme is based on the understanding that all school leavers and their families should be well informed in order to make a decision about what will be available to them once they leave school.

In order for students to be able to make an informed choice about which path they would like to follow on leaving school, they can experience work or community participation while in their final year of school.

View information about Transition from School to Community for students,families, whanau and teachers

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Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Update

The Ministry of Health has written to service providers, making them aware of new developments, which clarify eligibility for all people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

From 2nd April 2014, people with a diagnosis of ASD will be able to have their disability support needs assessed through the NASC’s; Disability Support Link (DSL) being the local NASC.

Ongoing planning and service development has been identified as a priority to ensure support needs are met in the long term.   There is funding available for service providers through the Te Pou disability workforce development grants, so we will hopefully see services tailored specifically to people with ASD in the near future. 

Thursday, 23 January, 2014

In December 2013 Disability Support Services wrote to local Day Service providers to say the Ministry of Health will no longer be funding Day Services for people with an intellectual disability.  This letter stated that the responsibility of funding disabled adults under age 65 to access a vocational or community participation day service is the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development/MSD (or ACC as appropriate).

It acknowledged the Ministry of Health/MOH responsibilities to people who were part of the de-institutionalisation process (people who had formerly lived in psychiatric and psychopaedic hospitals such as Tokanui & Mangere Hospital) and those who come under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care & Rehabilitation Act / IDCC&R framework.  It recognizes that the Ministry of Health has funded Day Services to other people with a disability in the Midlands region and it would continue to do so for those currently receiving this funding until alternate supports can be found or the particular programme is no longer needed.

The Ministry has advised the Needs Assessment Service Coordination organizations (DSL locally) that they can no longer allocate Day Service funding for new people under the age of 65 as this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development.

However NASC’s can allocate some Ministry of Health support to people with high personal care or behavior support needs, to attend community based services during the day.

How this will impact on providers of day service and on student leaving school and wanting referral to such services is yet to be determined.  Though we do not look at formalized day programmes as the first or only option for people leaving school, they are an important choice as they provide the type of purposeful activities and level oversight people often want or require post secondary school. 

We are working to learn what we can around this new development.  If you have any questions please give Neil a call on 07 839 7367 or 027 212 6599.


Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

The Government’s Youth Guarantee scheme will be expanded to 18 and 19 year olds from 1 January 2014, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

The government established the Youth Guarantee scheme in 2008 for students who find the traditional classroom environment challenging and are at risk of dropping out of school.

It provides fees-free Level 1 and 2 qualifications at tertiary institutions and at trades and services academies, encouraging students to gain practical qualifications that will set them up for a range of career options including in priority trade areas such as carpentry, engineering, horticulture, plumbing, gas-fitting, and brick-and block-laying.

The Youth Guarantee is currently available to 16 and 17 year olds, 15 year-old students with early leaving exemptions, and 18 year-old teen parent beneficiaries.

8900 students enrolled in Youth Guarantee programmes in 2012, with only 7 per cent of students in 2012 having achieving NCEA Level 2 by the time they entered the programme.

"The Youth Guarantee has been very successful at encouraging 16 and 17 year olds to stay engaged in education, completing Level 1 and 2 qualifications instead of dropping out and going on a benefit," Mr Joyce says.

"However, there are older teenagers aged 18 and 19 who have already dropped out of school, who need a chance to get that vital first level 2 qualification. The expansion of Youth Guarantee will target those young people.

"With Youth Guarantee, Trades Academies, and the new Vocational Pathways, the Government is confident that every single teenager has a fees-free path to a level 3 qualification, giving them access to training and skills for employment."

Mr Joyce says 18and 19 year olds in Youth Guarantee will be able to access the Student Loan Scheme, for living costs and course-related costs. They will also be eligible for student allowances.

"The expansion of Youth Guarantee will occur at the same time as the Government is making all Level 1 and 2 courses fees-free for 20-24 year olds.

"From 2014 onwards, all New Zealanders below the age of 24 will be able to access fees-free level 1 and 2 courses. Level 1 and 2 courses deliver core foundational skills that provide students with the skills required for higher level vocational study, training and employment," Mr Joyce says.

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