Cultural Affairs and Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Margaret Blackhurst laugh with Daniel Blackhurst.
Cultural Affairs and Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Margaret Blackhurst laugh with Daniel Blackhurst.

Support to give disabled classes

DAN Blackhurst could not stop smiling after Annastacia Palaszczuk, minister for disability services and multicultural affairs, announced more than $43,000 in funding to allow him and two others to get a place in the Endeavour Foundation’s Latch On program.

“I want to learn how to use computers,” the 19-year-old said.

Mr Blackhurst, who has a learning disability, will spend two days a week at the program learning basic computer skills and how to read and write.

He orks packing sugar, potatoes and onions with the Endeavour Foundation and hopes to earn enough money to take his mother to Fiji.

Latch On co-ordinator Jill Lyle said the program catered for those with a disability aged from school leavers to their early 30s.

“The program is vital because the skills they learn here relate to all aspects of life,” she said.

The funding was part of $4 million granted state-wide and more than $206,000 granted in the Wide Bay region for post-school learning for those with a disability.

“The new program will help young people get a job, and that’s this government’s number one priority,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will give them a career path and open up new social opportunities for them after school.”

The program will support 290 Queensland school leavers.



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