Digital Enterprise Pathways
Digital Enterprise: Pathways to Education and Employment for Young People with Disabilities was a national programme funded in 2013 by the Australian Government Department of Education between under the Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme. It was a joint initiative based at the University of South Australia and involving four universities, two registered training organisations, state government and not for profit community organisations in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales.
Digital Enterprise programmes were established in four technology-enabled spaces, in four states, to provide high –tech learning drop in sessions for groups of young people aged 10 to 20 with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities. Through challenging and developing their IT skills, the program aims to foster their sense of personal initiative, reduce isolation, develop entrepreneurial skills and increase their rate of participation in further education and employment. The Digital Enterprise programmes ran between October 2014 and December 2015 hosted by Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (Darwin), Reservoir Neighbourhood House (Reservoir, Victoria), BREED (Blacktown, NSW) and Uniting Communities (Christies Beach, SA).
The final report has not yet been released, but will be available here in the near future..
On Friday the 29th April 2016 UniSA hosted a National Forum in which we discussed the research findings and experiences from the project. A video of the Chief Investigators' presentations of the research findings is available here