Endeavour Foundation support worker Robin Skerra and Stephen Walker use an iPad.
Endeavour Foundation support worker Robin Skerra and Stephen Walker use an iPad. Megan Pope

Endeavour trials program to help boost independence

PEOPLE with disabilities are now twice as likely to become involved in community volunteering at Maryborough thanks to a new trial involving iPads to help boost their independence.

The region was one of only four Endeavour sites across the state to take part in the trial, which was designed to prepare families, staff members and clients themselves for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Staff and members of the centre have now invited the Fraser Coast to the annual DisabiliTEA event next Friday to see the effects of the trial.

Centre manager Jan Littejohn said the Creating Opportunities in Learning and Lifestyle trial meant almost all of the centre's 26 members were now out volunteering in the community, compared to only 50% before the six-month trial.

"It has certainly made a big difference to our guys here," Mrs Littlejohn said.

The COILL trial included the use of iPads to increase motor skills and a more personalised program for each member of the centre, whose disabilities range in severity and type.

Despite the State Government's decision not to fund the National Disability Scheme in Queensland, the team at Endeavour are confident it will be introduced.

DisabiliTEA events are being held across Australia this year to encourage support for the NDIS.

The COILL program was introduced to prepare Endeavour sites for the change to the NDIS.

The DisabiliTEA will be held at the Endeavour Learning and Life-style Maryborough centre on Boys Ave from 10.30am on October 26.



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