Students cutting the graduation cake are Matthew Gollan, Jon Hawkins, Kate Juillerat, Katrina Erb and Shannyn Connor.
Students cutting the graduation cake are Matthew Gollan, Jon Hawkins, Kate Juillerat, Katrina Erb and Shannyn Connor.

Graduating with new life skills

PROUD mother Leanne Juillerat gathered with family and friends to celebrate her daughter Kate’s graduation in the Latch-On Program on Thursday night.

“We were really excited to see Kate graduate,” she said.

Five young adults including Kate graduated from the program.

The Endeavour Foundation Latch-On course develops students’ with disabilities skills in computer literacy, oral and written communication.

Mrs Juillerat said Kate had been studying two days a week for the past two years.

“Ever since Kate has started studying we have seen a big improvment in her independence and confidence in public speaking,” she said.

Mrs Juillerat says all students enrolled in the Latch-On Program benefit by being able to socialise and mix in the wider community.

“This course has filled the gap for adults with intellectual disabilities and helped them to transition to the next stage,” she said.

Kate has been participating in volunteer work experience at Kepnock State High School’s Special Education Unit and Bonney Tots Child Care Centre.

Local sporting identity Sid Domic, designer of the jersey for Indigenous All Stars rugby league team and guest speaker for the evening, expressed to students the need to work hard and build skills in order to acheive their goals.

Graduating students were interested in Domic’s description of the jersey design process as computer graphics is an aspect of the Latch-On Program.

Mrs Juillerat spoke on the evening about the importance of the Latch-On Porgram and Disabled Athletics for young people with disabilities so they can mature and grow to fulfill their potential.

“Kate is already a gold medallist in basketball from the Beijing Special Olympics and has made the Queensland team to compete in the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide next year,” she said.

Kate’s next goal is to train and fundraise for her basketball commitments and find a part time paid working position.



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