An expo in Newcastle tomorrow will help students with a disability or ongoing medical condition to make decisions about their future training, education, employment and transitional programs.
The Hunter Transition School Leavers Expo is for students in Years 10 to 12 across the Hunter region, and brings together disability service and support agencies.
The University of Newcastle's Regional Disability Liaison Officer Kay Dean said the Expo attracted more than 700 people last year.
"There are almost one in five Australians with some form of disability making a significant contribution to the economy," she said.
"The majority are gainfully employed and employers are increasingly realising their participation in the workplace is about their ability rather than their disability.
"With the end of the year fast approaching, students need to consider their options for future employment, training, education, and other post-school supports.
"Staff at the Expo can help students work through the options available and make decisions about their future.
"It's the person's ability, not their disability, that we focus on."
The Expo is organised with the Department of Education and Training and regional disability services as a 'one stop shop' for the students. It also provides valuable resources for teachers to assist students with disabilities, and for parents to help students make training and education decisions.
Picture opportunity: The Hunter Transition School Leavers Expo will be held tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, from 9am - 1pm at Mayfield Ex-Services Club.