A step for­ward for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties in ru­ral, re­mote ar­eas

Central and North Rural Weekly - - JUNIOR BEEF -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will fund two in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies to de­velop and test tech­nol­ogy to sup­port stu­dents with a dis­abil­ity who are liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote lo­ca­tions.

In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the two com­pa­nies, Me­di­a­s­phere based in South­port and Neo-Re­hab based in Bris­bane, had been awarded fund­ing un­der the Ad­vance Queens­land Small Busi­ness In­no­va­tion Re­search Pro­gram to de­velop in­ter­ac­tive ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices.

“We’re back­ing in­no­va­tors in Queens­land to achieve great things be­cause this is an im­por­tant part of our strat­egy to create jobs and di­ver­sify our econ­omy in the fu­ture,” she said.

“This gov­ern­ment is also com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing Queens­lan­ders with a world-class ed­u­ca­tion, no mat­ter their back­ground.

“That’s what makes this an­nounce­ment so spe­cial.

“Through this SBIR chal­lenge, Neo-Re­hab will ex­tend the ca­pa­bil­ity of e-HAB to al­low the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide ther­apy and learn­ing sup­port in re­mote lo­ca­tions.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Grace Grace said the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing re­gional stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties ac­cess the tech­nol­ogy they need to en­gage in high-qual­ity learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s re­ally pleas­ing to see two lo­cal com­pa­nies us­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies to en­hance the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences of stu­dents with a dis­abil­ity in re­gional ar­eas,” she said.

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