scosa graduates forging new pathways

scosa recently celebrated the graduation of a group of our participants who took part in the 2017-18 Maximum Potential Leadership Program.

This year’s graduate group was comprised of nine persons living with complex disabilities who, for the past nine months, have participated in this intensive scosa Program that has focussed on:

  • Building leadership capacity
  • Developing new skills, for instance in public speaking
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Encouraging greater aspirational goal setting

As part of the Program, participants were involved in a number of interactive and educational field trips, including to the Patritti Winery and Stella Restaurant at Henley Beach, where they offered advice to the management on ways in which they could enhance their service offering, especially for people living with disability.

scosa CEO Dorothy Belperio commented, “This Program was introduced in 2015 to encourage a select group of participants to really push their own boundaries and help to identify new life pathways. At times it has certainly been challenging for those involved, but the results we have seen are fabulous, perhaps best demonstrated in the greater confidence shown by each person. Each year we provide an opportunity for a new group of scosa participants to get involved.”

Members of the Maximum Potential Leadership Program have included young adult South Australians living with cerebral palsy, autism and down syndrome.

When asked what he has gained from the experience, program participant Chris Young commented, “It was fun to be challenged, especially when we were asked to speak in front of the whole group. I also really enjoyed getting to know the other people who were in the course and was able to make some new friends.”

The Maximum Potential Leadership Group was funded through private donations and also from support received by scosa’s corporate partners, including the Peter Kittle Motor Company.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!