Inclusive Education - Villa Maria and in the Community
MSC - Villa Maria, provides residential facilities for the students who attend the local government high school. Non-residential students who live with their families receive support to attend their nearest government high school. The Villa Maria site also co-ordinates the skills training program for those who have chosen to the leave formal education program. Vocational training networks with outside training facilities, as well as conducting some programs on site, to bring the young people with a disability to a point where they can either be employed or become self-employed in a sustainable way.
The students at Villa Maria who attend the Government High School in Takhmao are assisted in their transport to and from school.
As well as following the Government curriculum the students who are resident at Villa Maria have access to computing and assistance in using the computers. They have lessons in English and tutorial support in Mathematics. There are also music lessons and access to instruments.
As the year progressed residential students had the possibility of field trips and the opportunity to join in the activities on Disabled Persons day. Training in leadership and invitations to programs with partners of MSC were also undertaken. Instruction on Personal Development was an important aspect of life at Villa Maria this year.
The young people at Villa Maria also have the opportunity to access rehabilitation services with the support of the staff of MSC. Also guidance is given to the students with relation to career opportunities for young people with disabilities, including developing skills for interviews and the preparation of a CV.
Non- Residential Community Program
There are a variety of aspects to this program. Young people who are supported are helped with one or a combination of the following: Health including medical, medicines and rehabilitation; School uniforms; school materials – stationery and text books; transport to and from school; extra classes; University students may receive support for tuition fees; students are visited in their homes by the program mediator; students are invited to join in special events such as the activities on the international day for people with disabilities.
When combined with the numbers of students in the Inclusive Education Residential program there are 200 young people being supported.