Great online resources for school leavers

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There’s a lot to decide when you are about to finish high school. Regardless of your exam results, you’ll need to start making plans for the future. The more information you have, the more in control of your decisions you will be.

We’ve taken the stress out of finding information by collecting eight of the best Australian online resources to help you choose your path when you leave school. The following websites have been selected for their variety, ease-of-use, and accessibility.

The School Leaver’s Guide to the NDIS

Challenge Disability Services has produced a guide to navigating the NDIS when you finish school. The School Leaver’s Guide to the NDIS is full of straightforward explanations of the NDIS, including changes that will occur when you leave school, eligibility criteria, NDIS planning and budgets. It also has examples of how you can put your NDIS plan to good use to achieve the goals you have chosen for yourself.

Get Ready for Study and Work

The web gateway Get Ready for Study and Work is packed full of useful information, web links and resources for school leavers who live with a disability, and their parents and caregivers. Along with resources about participating in university, TAFE, apprenticeships and traineeships, and vocational training, there is valuable information regarding disabilities in the workplace. You can also download the Get Ready Workbooks for both young people with disabilities and their parents, in a variety of versions to match your reading level or cultural background.

Launchpad

While specifically aimed at young people with autism or Asperger's, Autism Spectrum Australia’s Launchpad provides an easy-to-navigate advice page for school leavers. Resources include information on study and work, health and wellbeing, socialising and independence, as well as advocacy advice. There are also plenty of links to further information as well as informative videos. This really is a lovely website to use, with easy access and great, straightforward advice for young people.

Create Your Future

Personally, I’m not usually a fan of watching online videos, but I have to make an exception for the National Disability Coordination Officer Program’s Create Your Future series. Each video recounts the experience of a person with a disability as they transition into and participate in education and employment after finishing school. These videos are well produced, interesting to watch and easy to access, and could provide a confidence boost if you are considering attending university.

Surviving Year 12

The pressure of year 12 can get to anyone, so it’s nice to know there are places you can visit to get tips on how to manage. beyondblue’s Surviving Year 12 webpage provides useful advice for those who are suffering from depression and anxiety during their final year at school, but there are plenty of tips that anyone can use to feel less overwhelmed. The page includes downloadable fact sheets for students and their parents, as well as information on understanding mental illness and how to take action to start feeling better. There is also useful advice for those who may want to help a friend or loved one who is suffering from depression or anxiety. Another good place to go for support is headspace which also has lots of useful tools for teenagers.

Campus Quest

Leaving school isn’t all serious and boring, and Campus Quest is a fun way to prepare yourself for university life. This quest game feels very step-by-step but gets more complicated the further you go. The site is aimed at all potential university students, and provides a real feel for what university is like, including dealing with administration, socialising, studying, and attending classes.

Australian Disability Clearinghouse

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse’s Planning for post-secondary education page is a good place to start to explore the huge amount of resources this site provides. Along with video tips for studying, there are also articles explaining the difference between school and post-secondary education, as well as worksheets to help with managing finances, identifying goals, finding the right course and career: there really is a huge range of resources available for those leaving high school. The site contains a lot of downloads and links to other sources, but is a great source for a variety of information.

Job Access

The Australian Government’s Job Access website provides a lot of legislative information for people with a disability, their employers, and service providers. The focus is the workplace, and resources include PDF downloads, videos, and information about funding streams. This site contains plenty of information and accessibility features, but isn’t as interesting or easy to navigate as other sites we visited. 

Challenge Disability Services has created ‘The School Leaver’s Complete Guide to the NDIS’ ebook. Click here to download your copy.

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Author: Challenge Community Services

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60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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