Autism Spectrum

Launchpad

leaving school and leading your own life

Study 

 

There are a huge range of study opportunities for you when you leave school.

You can study degree courses at university or vocational courses at TAFE.

You can learn very specific skills in short courses at TAFE or community colleges.

To help you decide which course might suit you best, it is a good idea to research and talk to your careers advisor or parents.

Read about courses and visit the places they are offered.

Starting early is a really good idea. You can certainly start this process whilst you are still at school, even in Years 9 – 11.

 

 Get ready

Get Ready For Study And Work

The website Get Ready For Study and Work is an excellent first stop as it lists all the options and presents each with some detail and with fact sheets on how to apply and how to access support.

On this website you can download Top Tips - Get Ready For Study and Work  which we highly recommend.

They also have a specific resource just for people with autism who are going on to further study at TAFE or university.

The Getting Ready For Study and Work website is run by the University of Western Sydney as part of the National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)

This is a national program run by the federal government’s Department of Education.  There are eleven NDCO officers across NSW.  You will have an officer in your area who can also assist you with questions you may have about study and work after school.

You can call up your local officer to ask advice and to hear about post-school options expos that they may be organising in your local area.

To find your local NDCO officer, look up this website.

 

 

Your rights as a student

 

The Get Ready for Study and Work website also has a page on your rights as a student.

Get ready right 

 

 

 

 

 

Study 

 

There  is a wide diversity of study opportunities for school leavers, ranging from degree courses at university to courses specifically tailored to those with intellectual disabilities.

However, it’s not an easy process to find out about all the courses, far less to help your son or daughter choose which course might be a good fit.

Starting early is a really good idea. Hopefully your school can be a great resource, providing information about what will be available.

If your son or daughter is going to do a Transition To Work or other post school program then their support staff there will be able to give you some help and advice even before they commence the program.

 

Get ready

NDCO Get Ready For Study And Work

The website  Get Ready For Study and Work is an excellent first stop as it lists all the options and presents each with some detail and with fact sheets on how to apply and how to access support.

On this website you can download a PDF called  Top Tips - Get Ready For Study and Work.

They also have a specific resource just for people with autism who are going on to further study at TAFE or university.

The Getting Ready For Study and Work website is run by the University of Western Sydney as part of the National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)

This is a national program run by the federal government’s Department of Education.  There are eleven officers across NSW.  You will have an NDCO officer in your area who can also assist you with questions you may have about study and work after school.

You can call up your local officer to ask advice and to hear about post-school options expos that they may be organising in your local area.

To find your local NDCO officer, look up this website.

 

 

Otarc

 

My child’s rights when they study

This page at La Trobe University has a page which clearly explains the Disability Standards for Education (2005) Act and the rights of your son or daughter.

 

 

 

Study 

 

There  is a wide diversity of study opportunities for school leavers, ranging from degree courses at university to courses specifically tailored to those with intellectual disabilities.

However, it’s not an easy process to find out about all the courses, far less to help your son or daughter choose which course might be a good fit.

Starting early is a really good idea. Hopefully your school can be a great resource, providing information about what will be available.

If your son or daughter is going to do a Transition To Work or other post school program then their support staff there will be able to give you some help and advice even before they commence the program.

 

Get ready

NDCO Get Ready For Study And Work

The website  Get Ready For Study and Work is an excellent first stop as it lists all the options and presents each with some detail and with fact sheets on how to apply and how to access support.

On this website you can download a PDF called  Top Tips - Get Ready For Study and Work.

They also have a specific resource just for people with autism who are going on to further study at TAFE or university.

The Getting Ready For Study and Work website is run by the University of Western Sydney as part of the National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)

This is a national program run by the federal government’s Department of Education.  There are eleven officers across NSW.  You will have an NDCO officer in your area who can also assist you with questions you may have about study and work after school.

You can call up your local officer to ask advice and to hear about post-school options expos that they may be organising in your local area.

To find your local NDCO officer, look up this website.

 

 

Otarc

 

My child’s rights when they study

This page at La Trobe University has a page which clearly explains the Disability Standards for Education (2005) Act and the rights of your son or daughter.