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April 15, 2021

North Coast TAFE wins disability award

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North Coast TAFE's disability consultant Anna Rafferty with her award. Photo supplied
North Coast TAFE’s disability consultant Anna Rafferty with her award. Photo supplied

North Coast TAFE’s disability consultant Anita Raftery has been recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the recent Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.

Anita received the ward for her ‘outstanding and innovative work supporting students with disabilities to achieve a successful learning experience at TAFE’.

The presentation coincided with the International Day of People with a Disability on December 3, which aims to provide understanding of disability issues and full inclusion of people with disabilities in their community.

Anita says this award recognises the passion of all North Coast TAFE teachers and support staff, who work hard to build and promote an accessible and inclusive environment at TAFE for students with disabilities.

‘Our team works collaboratively with schools, families, individuals and support services to facilitate successful TAFE learning experiences for students who have a disability enrolled in any of our TAFE courses,’ says Anita.

‘We also offer specific “taster” and “pathways” programs for people with a disability. These programs offer students an introduction to a number of different industry areas, providing them with a new depth of understanding of the courses and work opportunities that are available to them,’ she added.

Through using specialised software and other innovative technology, Anita says students with disabilities can have their individual learning needs supported while participating equally in their studies with their peers.

For more information on study options available to anyone with disability, visit the North Coast TAFE website.

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