Deadline: 30 September 2019
Applications are open for Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund that will assist indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants.
In 2008 following thirty years involvement in disability advocacy, Frank Hall-Bentick asked his sisters Lesley and Annette and a group of friends Rae, Lyndall, Cath, Ros and Jody to help him setup and run an education fund for people with disability.
They believe the importance of education should not be measured in graduate degrees and diplomas or in salaries people achieve or careers people have undertaken and achieved. The importance of education should be measured by peoples’ continual learning of cultures, relationships, history, tolerance and honing the skills to apply this learning.
Unfortunately for many people with disabilities their early years are more about cure and rehabilitation than stable, well-grounded education. The skills to make and retain careers, relationships and friends are developed while they attend school however continuing disruption of this education impacts greatly on this learning. For many children presently attending school, medical treatment and rehabilitation continues to disrupt their education. Many indigenous people with disabilities experience further disruption to their education due to poverty, isolation, lack of services, family breakdown.
Education is continuously growing, developing, changing, so many people undertake courses to begin again the education they never completed or to keep abreast with these new developments. With the development of technology, education has become more accessible for people with disabilities leading to people completing higher levels of education which in turn can lead to more complex and skilled work.
For many, a small financial grant will enable them to undertake a course. This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants.
Fund is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.
- People with disabilities of any age living in Australia may apply for any assistance to help with both formal and informal education.
- People may need assistance to complete the application, they would like a letter in the persons own words telling why they want to learn.
How to Apply
Applicants can download the application form via given website.
Eligible Country: Australia
For more information, please visit http://www.adipef.org.au/