Student laptop giveaway
Earlier this year, four university students were presented with laptop computers as a result of winning the first competition of its type run through the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program.
The students will use the computers throughout their studies, and will continue working with STEPS’ NDCO representatives to build a greater understanding of the barriers and supports available to students with disabilities. The competition, which received sponsorship from Hewlett Packard and the Federal government, was open to students who had completed one year of study, and were undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification, including apprentices. The winners came from James Cook University (two students), the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Southern Queensland. Due to the 2009 competition’s success, 10 laptops will be given away this year and the competition will be available to students in more regions throughout Australia.