ILC staff members Linda Tran, Lynne Sinclair and Susan Glasson were recently awarded Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) 2016 Scholarships to support their continued professional development and the work they do with people with disability and older people.
First introduced in 2007, the ILC Scholarship aims to provide employees with the opportunity to develop in an area that will enable them to further support people with a disability and the frail aged, their carers and families.
Occupational Therapist Linda Tran’s scholarship, valued at $5,000, will enable her to further her studies and skills in assistive technology for people with a disability, in particular for people with vision impairment.
Assistive technology can help people to communicate, undertake daily tasks, join in recreational activities, have more independence and be safer. As part of her role at the ILC Linda has extensive knowledge and skill working with the latest assistive technologies and communication aids.
The scholarship awarded to Linda will enable her to attend the Australian Assistive Technologies Conference being held in Queensland in July. The biennial conference brings together people involved in assistive technology from around the nation to share information about new and emerging technologies.
Linda will also have the opportunity to undertake training in the full range of computer access software available for people with vision impairment. Linda said she would like to become an expert in the area of ‘high tech’ assistive technology for people with vision impairment.
“I’m particularly interested in the range of screen reading software available for people who have low or no vision. Having greater knowledge in this area will help me to improve the quality of the service that I provide to people with vision impairment,” she said.
Susan Glasson, Team Leader for Noah’s Ark Toy Library, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to undertake an educational tour of Noah’s Ark Toy Library in Brisbane.
During this tour Susan will have access to the experienced and professional staff and observe the various components of this much larger similar service for children with disability and additional needs.
The learnings from this tour will be of great benefit to the continuous improvement of the services offered at the Perth Noah’s Ark Toy Library, and, to identify future priorities for service growth.
ILC’s Accountant Lynne Sinclair was awarded a $3,000 scholarship to attend the CPA Health and Aged Care Conference 2016 – Responding to future funding changes. As a long term employee at the ILC with a deep understanding of our services and processes; Lynne will come away from the conference with valuable learnings around the changes in the aged care and health environments, identifying continuous improvement strategies to support the ILC in the changing environment and that will support best practice in our business systems.
ILC Chief Executive Officer Gerri Clay congratulated the recipients on being awarded their scholarships.
“The Independent Living Centre is committed to providing employees with ongoing and interactive learning opportunities that will enhance their development.
“The training the recipients will undertake will not only contribute to their professional development, but will also benefit the ILC and people with a disability and older people which is why they were chosen to receive the scholarship” said Ms Clay.