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Wheelchair Accessible Mini-Bus

Colac Specialist School, VIC

About Our School
We are a government specialist school catering for students with intellectual disabilities (an IQ under 70).

We have 56 school-age students (prep to 18 years old) and 8 Early Education Program (kindergarten-aged) children.

Many of our students also have other associated social, emotional, psychological, behavioural or physical disabilities.


In addition to a full school curriculum, we also include other life/employable skills subjects including:

  • Woodwork
  • Cooking
  • Community Access (Shopping, Library, etc.)
  • Maintenance Program
  • Enterprise Education (micro-businesses)
  • Work Experience
  • Work Related Skills (OHS, Employability Skills)
  • Camps and Excursions


Why do we need a new bus?

  • Our current bus (1998 Toyota Coaster) is old, rusty, noisy, slow and becoming unreliable and expensive to maintain;
  • It is awkward with loading a wheelchair, posing a staff OH&S risk;
  • Does not have all the safety features of more modern vehicles;
  • Can only be driven with an endorsed licence with only 3 senior staff (including Principal) able to drive it. A bus that can be driven on a normal licence will mean we are not constrained by the senior staff being available;
  • Only accessible for 1 wheelchair meaning we need to make a choice about who is able to go and who misses out when a group has more than 1 mobility restricted student who requires a wheelchair. This is unfair and disappointing.


What Would a New and More Practical Bus Mean for our Students
?

Access to our local community is really important to us, more important than our mainstream peers. By being able to transport our students during the school day, and for school excursions and camps, we are able to provide them with life skills and learning opportunities including:

  • Shopping – Literacy, Numeracy, Civics & Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities
  • Work Experience/Volunteering/Fundraising – Work Readiness Skills
  • Swimming – Health and Physical Education
  • Library – Literacy
  • Special Events (e.g. ANZAC Day ceremony, Interschool Sports) – Civics and Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities, Health and Physical Education
  • Camps & Excursions – The Humanities, Civics and Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities, Health and Physical Education


What are we raising for?

Our desire is to be able to own a student transport vehicle with the following specifications:

  • Wheelchair lift for students with poor/no functional mobility
  • Able to take a standard class group into the community (up to 12 passengers)
  • Able to be driven by staff holding a standard car driver’s licence
  • Modern safety features to ensure the safe transportation of our students


What Vehicle Do Wish For?

Mercedes Sprinter – Long Wheel Base option. This particular vehicle will allow for:

  • 13 seated passengers, including driver;
  • 12 seated passengers + 1 in a wheelchair, including driver;
  • 11 seated passengers + 2 in wheelchairs, including driver; and,
  • a number of other wheelchair to seated passenger combinations.


What Would This Mean to Our Students?

To have a new, wheelchair accessible mini-bus we would be able to:

  • Enable all students, regardless of their disability to access their programs within the community
  • Provide the safest access into and out of the school vehicle
  • Provide the safest method of transport for our students when accessing the community
  • Enable all staff to drive their groups without being restricted by the driver’s licence that they hold


Your donation will mean the world to our students, teachers and school community. Please help us in any way that you can. We are a small school and every donation helps.

Colac Specialist School is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is covered within the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

All donations to this project, over $2, are tax deductible. 

Through the generosity of our school community, we have raised an additional $40,000 in offline donations

 

$90

Raised of $115,789.47 Goal

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Colac Specialist School

COLAC, VIC

www.colacspecialistschool.vic.edu.au

About Our School
We are a government specialist school catering for students with intellectual disabilities (an IQ under 70).

We have 56 school-age students (prep to 18 years old) and 8 Early Education Program (kindergarten-aged) children.

Many of our students also have other associated social, emotional, psychological, behavioural or physical disabilities.


In addition to a full school curriculum, we also include other life/employable skills subjects including:

  • Woodwork
  • Cooking
  • Community Access (Shopping, Library, etc.)
  • Maintenance Program
  • Enterprise Education (micro-businesses)
  • Work Experience
  • Work Related Skills (OHS, Employability Skills)
  • Camps and Excursions


Why do we need a new bus?

  • Our current bus (1998 Toyota Coaster) is old, rusty, noisy, slow and becoming unreliable and expensive to maintain;
  • It is awkward with loading a wheelchair, posing a staff OH&S risk;
  • Does not have all the safety features of more modern vehicles;
  • Can only be driven with an endorsed licence with only 3 senior staff (including Principal) able to drive it. A bus that can be driven on a normal licence will mean we are not constrained by the senior staff being available;
  • Only accessible for 1 wheelchair meaning we need to make a choice about who is able to go and who misses out when a group has more than 1 mobility restricted student who requires a wheelchair. This is unfair and disappointing.


What Would a New and More Practical Bus Mean for our Students
?

Access to our local community is really important to us, more important than our mainstream peers. By being able to transport our students during the school day, and for school excursions and camps, we are able to provide them with life skills and learning opportunities including:

  • Shopping – Literacy, Numeracy, Civics & Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities
  • Work Experience/Volunteering/Fundraising – Work Readiness Skills
  • Swimming – Health and Physical Education
  • Library – Literacy
  • Special Events (e.g. ANZAC Day ceremony, Interschool Sports) – Civics and Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities, Health and Physical Education
  • Camps & Excursions – The Humanities, Civics and Citizenship, Personal and Social Capabilities, Health and Physical Education


What are we raising for?

Our desire is to be able to own a student transport vehicle with the following specifications:

  • Wheelchair lift for students with poor/no functional mobility
  • Able to take a standard class group into the community (up to 12 passengers)
  • Able to be driven by staff holding a standard car driver’s licence
  • Modern safety features to ensure the safe transportation of our students


What Vehicle Do Wish For?

Mercedes Sprinter – Long Wheel Base option. This particular vehicle will allow for:

  • 13 seated passengers, including driver;
  • 12 seated passengers + 1 in a wheelchair, including driver;
  • 11 seated passengers + 2 in wheelchairs, including driver; and,
  • a number of other wheelchair to seated passenger combinations.


What Would This Mean to Our Students?

To have a new, wheelchair accessible mini-bus we would be able to:

  • Enable all students, regardless of their disability to access their programs within the community
  • Provide the safest access into and out of the school vehicle
  • Provide the safest method of transport for our students when accessing the community
  • Enable all staff to drive their groups without being restricted by the driver’s licence that they hold


Your donation will mean the world to our students, teachers and school community. Please help us in any way that you can. We are a small school and every donation helps.

Colac Specialist School is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is covered within the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

All donations to this project, over $2, are tax deductible. 

Through the generosity of our school community, we have raised an additional $40,000 in offline donations

 

Colac Specialist School

COLAC,

www.colacspecialistschool.vic.edu.au