Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Minister launches new technology and literacy program for people with a disability

21 September 2011



NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has helped officially launch a new technology and literacy program for young adults with a disability in Castle Hill.

The Latch-On program would be provided in NSW through the Endeavour Foundation - one of the largest non-government disability service providers in Australia.

"The program enables young adults with intellectual disabilities to continue their literacy development through written and oral communication while encouraging friendships through social activities and shared learning," Mr Constance said.

"Tuition is provided in small groups and includes access to computer technology including Email, Internet and word processing, linking computer based learning with traditional approaches to literacy teaching."

"Importantly, it also increases readiness for employment."
The NSW Government is committed to improving the employment prospects for people with a disability.

"As detailed in the 2011-12 Budget, the State Government is committing a total of $2 million per annum for payroll tax rebates for employers who hire a new employee with a disability from the Transition to Work program," Mr Constance said.

"Businesses will be eligible for a rebate of up to $4000."

"I congratulate the Endeavour Foundation on 60 years of service and for taking such initiative and commitment to supporting people with a disability to live independently and access the community."

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