On the airwaves and on track
COMMUNITY radio station 2CHY is giving young people with disabilities a voice.
As the result of a grant received from the Law and Justice Foundation, 2CHY is working with students from Toormina High School's Support Unit on the My Voice, My Ability, My Rights program.
"What we're doing with the My Voice, My Ability, My Rights program is training students in broadcasting and interviewing skills," station manager Becky Cole said.
"The aim of the project is to educate and improve the knowledge of young people with a disability, their parents and the general public about their legal rights, disability advocacy, disability discrimination and the law.
"We work on learning interview techniques, then take them into the recording booth, behind the mic and asking questions. They get to hear how they sound and can work on their skills.
"It has been such an experience working with these students. Each week, actually even from take to take, their vocal levels and confidence improves."
Deputy principal at Toormina High School, Kathy McDowell, is delighted with the positive results in a short amount of time.
"Our students from the support unit have gained so much from this program," Ms McDowell said.
"It is absolutely amazing; the growth in confidence, the smiles on their faces, the levels of excitement at being involved. Full credit to Becky Cole and the team at 2CHY for this opportunity I cannot praise them highly enough."
Hands on experience for a few hours at the radio station each week will allow these young people to conduct interviews and produce radio programs which will be available via podcast.
"We have 22 plus organisations and disability advocates lined up for interviews with these students," Becky Cole said.
"They are gorgeous kids, we are just so happy to be able to do this."