Rotary pitches in for students with disabilities

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Rotary pitches in for students with disabilities


Rotary Club of Buderim President Rick Beasley with USC Disability Services Officer Colleen Dunn

24 September 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s Disability Support Services has received a $1,700 donation from the Rotary Club of Buderim.

The funds, which were raised at a recent community golf day, will go towards buying additional resources such as high-tech software to assist students with recording lecture notes.

USC Disability Services Officer Colleen Dunn said donations like this made a big difference to the lives of students with disabilities.

“Our aim is to raise awareness, both on campus and within the community, of the needs and challenges faced by students with disabilities,” she said.

“USC provides comprehensive support services for students with disabilities. However, contributions from the community can greatly help us expand the amount of resources we can offer to students such as laptops, specialised software and other adaptive technology and devices.”

There are currently more than 520 students at the University who register as having a disability, which may be a physical, mental health, sensory, learning or medical impairment.

Rotary club president Rick Beasley said his club often looked for worthwhile causes in the area and was impressed by the level of support provided to USC students with disabilities.

“We raised funds through a community golf day to help increase the resources available to the service so it can continue to make a difference to the lives of students with disabilities,” he said.

— Jessica Halls

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