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Post Schools Expo

​Year 11 QACI students Wenonah van Damme and Hunter Jensen this week had the opportunity to volunteer their services as members of the QACI Student Media Team to do photography for the Post School Expo for young people with disability, held at Brisbane City Hall.

Wenonah and Hunter represented QACI with pride and Karen Berger, a Department of Education Advisory Teacher - School Transition Officer and volunteer organiser based at Sunnybank said "Please pass on my gratitude to Hunter and Wenonah for their attendance at the Post School Expo. Both students were outstanding at representing your school in a superb fashion. Other staff were also commenting on how well mannered, mature and well-presented they were. Our sincere thanks."

Wenonah van Damme writes...

The Brisbane fresh futures market held in the historic Brisbane City Hall, gave students and young people with disability from around Brisbane a unique opportunity to explore their post school opportunities. These events are significant to the 4 million Australians living with disability, considering only 53% are employed. Karen Berger, the event’s organizer, invited QACI photographers to capture the day’s events.

The hall was filled with stalls proving information not only about career opportunities but also a variety of post-school support and education opportunities. Young people and their families were introduced to university options and other education as well as employment agencies who specialized in disability. Courses in social skills and working environments in all types of fields were also offered, to prepare them for the working world.

Walking around we captured a lot of enthusiastic students, and talking to the stall holders it was evident that they were just as enthusiastic about the turnout.

These types of events are becoming more and more important in our community as technology and social development give our disabled community growing opportunity in work environments. The energy and excitement in the venue was very positive and many attendees left with smiles on their faces and well informed their future options.

Congratulations to Karen Berger and everyone on the team for providing an important and very successful event for the disabled community in Brisbane.