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Grace follows her passion

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021

(From back) Parents Neville and Wendy Dowton along with (front left) LiveBetter Disability Support leader Rebecca Giuliani are very proud of Grace Dowton who recently achieved a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care through TAFE NSW. PICTURE: Myles Burt (From back) Parents Neville and Wendy Dowton along with (front left) LiveBetter Disability Support leader Rebecca Giuliani are very proud of Grace Dowton who recently achieved a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care through TAFE NSW. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

LiveBetter has congratulated Grace Dowton after her massive achievement of attaining a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Born with mild cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a mild intellectual delay, Grace undertook the certificate with TAFE NSW so she could become qualified and follow her passion working at local preschools. 

Grace took part in 120 hours of classes, a first aid certificate, learning key words in sign language and 17 units of study over the past two years with the support of Broken Hill LiveBetter.

“It was a bit challenging but it was really fun, because I had Bec and we laughed a lot,” Grace said.

LiveBetter Disability Support leader Rebecca Giuliani assisted Grace over her two year study period. 

Giuliani said as Grace has an NDIS package it allowed her to get this unique type of personal support with LiveBetter. 

Ms Giuliani said it was essential for Grace to get her certificate so should could work in preschools as you can’t be casually employed without a qualification. 

“Grace did all the work herself, I just supported her through it,” Ms Giuliani said.

“She did all the writing and the research, I just sat there and made sure she was on task each week.”

Ms Giuliani said the places where Grace volunteered were really supportive, helping her with assignments and taking her on during COVID-19.

“Everyone’s supported her, she’s done really well and she should be really proud of herself.”

LiveBetter and parents Neville and Wendy Dowton are very proud of Grace’s huge achievement of gaining a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care so she could further her career goals.

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