The Hugh Williamson Foundation Life Management Program

The Life Management Program (LMP) is a key part of what Insight does. It was created thanks to a generous grant by The Hugh Williamson Foundation, and has since run as “The Hugh Williamson Foundation Life Management Program”. The LMP was rolled out in 2012 at Insight’s interim facilities at Nossal High School and continues today as an integral part of the programs run at Insight Berwick and in all InsightOut outreach program. All students attending our future Insight Satellite Mainstream Specialist Units located within mainstream and independent partner schools in Victoria have access to the Life Management Program.

The LMP incorporates: Insight Support SkillsStep into Kinder, Step into Prep (formerly Parent Support and Early Learning) and Life Transition. Programs are designed to support students from Prep to Year 12.

The frequency of delivery of the Insight Support Skills Program is tailored to students’ needs with weekly, fortnightly or monthly programming available over the academic year. It offers students the opportunity to develop and refine their skills across the Expanded Core Curriculum with the assistance of expert staff, resources and facilities. At present, blind and vision impaired children integrated into mainstream schools often miss out on receiving the specialist educational support essential for development. Insight Support Skills is dedicated to these children and offers an environment which complements their mainstream education, providing innovative and stimulating life experiences.

The Step into Kinder, Step into Prep Program provides parents of young blind and vision impaired children with guidance, training and support, and children aged 0-6 with early learning experiences.

A facilitated playgroup session is held weekly at our Specialist P-8 School in Berwick. These sessions encourage families to come together to share knowledge and build understandings of the life skills required of a blind or vision impaired young child. The sessions focus on developing new learning experiences for the children and provide parents with support, advice and opportunities to observe and/or participate in their child’s education. Playgroup parents also have opportunities to observe classes in action.

The Life Transition Program provides life/study/work transition assistance for students moving from Insight or mainstream primary to mainstream secondary, from secondary to work/tertiary studies and from tertiary studies to the workplace. Participants range in age from 5 years to young adults (post tertiary). Change can be difficult and challenging for everyone at the best of times. For blind and vision impaired children and young people, change can be a worrying experience, sometimes creating anxiety, loss of confidence, learning delays, impacting upon development and socialization. The Life Transition Program is designed to smooth the way, instilling confidence and self-assurance, while building knowledge of and experience in future environments well in advance of the expected changes.