Reading and writing are a skill that we all have. Some of us are able to do this better than others. If you struggle to read and write – don’t be afraid to seek help. There are several organisations that provide FREE training and support; ask your employment provider, seek out support at your local community centres and libraries.
There are also many free Apps on the market which convert speech to text, to email and word documents – search voice recognition, say mail and speech to text, @ Google, iTunes, android and windows.
Computers and the Internet
Using a computer in the new world is an important skill to have. It can help you prepare for employment, keep connected with your friends and family and the broader community and can provide you with information.
Some organisations can provide you with inexpensive good working computers to help you get connected along with inexpensive internet and self-paced free training online. Check out the websites below:
There are also a number of organisations that offer free or low-cost computer training. Check out the websites below:
- Aboriginal Program Assistance Scheme (APAS) – Use this resource to find education programs / resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and parents in South Australia.
- Adelaide Hills Council
- City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
- City of Onkaparinga
- City of Playford
- City of Port Adelaide Enfield
- City of Tea Tree Gully
- Flexible Learning Options (FLO) – FLO is a student enrolment strategy aimed to assist school and the wider community in supporting successful engagement and retention of young people in secondary school to the age of 20 identified at risk of disengaging from a mainstream school based learning program.
- Interskills Training – An accredited provider of disability employment services, recruitment, workplace rehabilitation and training services and programs.
- Libraries of SA – This resource provides access to the South Australian Public Library Network. South Australia’s 140 public libraries work collaboratively to provide a service to all South Australians. The network operates within a Memorandum of Agreement between state and local government. This agreement provides the framework within which both parties contribute to ensuring that all South Australians have access to modern, free public library services.
- Literacy and Clinical services – Assistive technology links to assist with literacy.
- SA Community Adult Language, Literacy & Numeracy Programs in the City of Onkaparinga
- SA Government Literacy and Numeracy – Find government information about literacy and numeracy programmes and activities.
- South Australian Council for Adult Literacy – The South Australian Council for Adult Literacy Inc (SACAL) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that assists in the development and promotion of language, literacy and numeracy practices, services and resources.
- Speech Recognition Software – Find out how speech recognition software can assist in producing electronic documents.
- The Smith Family – The Smith Family is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
- WEA Adult Learning – The WEA provides learning opportunities for anyone aged 15 years or older (in most courses – there are some age restrictions on individual courses). There are generally no pre-requisites for courses and no assessment or exams
- WorkReady – Skills and Employment – This website provides information about the training system and the government subsidised training available from institutions such as TAFE, universities, and apprenticeships in South Australia.