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Positive results for living skills program for people with disabilities


The Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Inc. has successfully run its Recreation and Independent Living Skills (RAILS) Training Program for culturally and linguistically diverse people with disabilities thanks to funding provided through the 2016 Georges River Community Grants Program.
Council had awarded $6,500 for the group to run a total of six training days at the St George Community Centre from March until the end of May 2017.
The Training Program aimed at helping those with disabilities with basic household skills such as cooking and organising belongings, as well as managing money.
On completion of the program, a two-day Independent Living Skills training camp was held at Myuna Bay, where participants were given the chance to socialise with other people in the community and practise the skills they had acquired.
Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, explained Council is committed to providing services, facilities, activities and events which work towards full inclusion for people with disabilities.
“The objective was to offer young CALD people with disabilities the opportunity to develop, learn and acquire new independent living skills for the home and in the community,” he said.
“Information and support was also provided to participants’ parents to better equip them to further develop their child’s independent living skills.”
“The program aimed to empower participants and help them towards self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities,” added Mr Rayner.
“The RAILS program not only helped improve participants’ skills, but it was a great opportunity for them to socialise in a safe, friendly, stress-free and fun environment,” said Mr Rayner.
More than 30 people with a disability and their parents enrolled, and participants remained involved for the duration of the program. Facilitators were extremely pleased with the result, as participants were interested and eager to learn and try various skills in group situations. Participants formed positive, friendly relationships and have been encouraged to maintain these friendships into the future.
For more information, please contact Council on 9330 6400 or visit Council’s website at

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