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Chloe Cox

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Trained by TAFE SA

Employed by Community Living Australia

After leaving school in 2016 to transition to studies at TAFE SA, Chloe is a terrific example of the benefits of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the opportunities it opens to learners from all walks of life.

The 22-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum, successfully completed her studies in January and now works with Community Living Australia, supporting people with disabilities to reach their goals. She also volunteers at Riding for the Disabled Association SA, supporting children and adults with disabilities to develop confidence and participate in therapy.

“I was inspired to choose this path because of my own personal experiences,” says Chloe. “At secondary school, there were not enough support options for people with disabilities. Through studying at TAFE SA, I found that education could be inclusive.”

“I have got to where I have today through sheer determination. I am a positive person, facing challenges with determination and grit. I saw an opportunity to work with people with disabilities by identifying their strengths and providing suggestions that empower them to reach their goals.”

Through VET, Chloe realised her goal of continuing to study, implementing strategies to manage her anxiety, pacing herself and focusing on her work.

When the COVID-19 pandemic led to her vocational placement being cancelled, she showed patience and understanding, actively engaging with the program when it commenced almost a year later by attending two days each week.

“I have already been approached to provide mentoring to others with autism in a peer-to-peer program, and I am very excited about this possibility.