NECOM took part in the My Future, My Choice Disability Expo on 19 September to demonstrate our Music Therapy Program.
It was a wonderful opportunity for people with special needs and support service providers to share information about the services and support that can be accessed in the New England area.
The expo is set up as a one-stop shop for people with special needs, their carers, friends and families to meet service providers, learn about new innovative services and speak to industry leaders available to answer questions. Our music therapist, Fumie Takahashi noted that people of all ages stopped by the NECOM stall to learn more about the program we provide.
She went on to say:
We spoke to families who have children with special needs, carers and disability service providers about how we can support them and also had a bit of fun playing music with kids. What I was able to introduce to the community is very meaningful.
I was also able to take part in singing with the Armidale High School Support Unit students who performed on the main stage during the event. They sang three songs including an original song. Their brilliant smiles always cheer me up!
I’m looking forward to developing the music therapy program further to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs.