IN A first for Ipswich, young people with disabilities from Community Access and Transition Service (CATS Inc), will attend university at USQ Ipswich to develop skills for life and prepare for adulthood.

CEO Katrina Johnson said CATS had developed a partnership with USQ's Ipswich Campus designed to give young people with disablities similar opportunities to other young school leavers.

"We wanted them to experience further education and find their pathway in post school working and learning," Ms Johnson said.

The young people from CATS will study "Me, Myself and Ipswich", a life skills program developed to provide the participants with real life experiences.

Mrs Johnson said students would learn important aspects of becoming an adult including decision making, choice, law, life, sexuality, relationships and citizenship.

"MMI is unique in that it is designed to support young adults with disabilities post school. The modules are practical and embedded in community," she said.

"The [USQ] partnership helps us take the course to the next level and embeds the MMI course in university and campus life and promotes natural inclusion."

USQ welfare officer Jennifer Malcolm said the partnership gave current students the chance to understand awareness, education and inclusion.

"Many of our students are undertaking further education in the fields of community, health and education, and the young people from CATS provide them with a lived experience of diversity," she said.

Me, Myself and Ipswich course enrolments begin at USQ Ipswich from January 2016.

COOL CATS: Katrina Johnson, Glenda Haig, Drew Ashton and Rosemary Yanes with CATS students Megan Rossow, Jarrod Owers, Brianna Smith and Kevin Ellis.
COOL CATS: Katrina Johnson, Glenda Haig, Drew Ashton and Rosemary Yanes with CATS students Megan Rossow, Jarrod Owers, Brianna Smith and Kevin Ellis. Inga Williams


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