Nicholas and Emily selected for Easterseals scholarship

Scope staff get the opportunity to share and learn

Emily Buxton, Scope's Community Inclusion Manager.
Emily Buxton
Nicholas Pouki, Home at Scope Regional Manager.
Nicholas Pouki









Congratulations to Emily Buxton, Community Inclusion Manager, and Nicholas Pouki, Home@Scope Regional Manager! They have been chosen for the Ability First AustraliaEasterseals Professional Staff Scholarship Program.

The scholarship program gives staff the opportunity to broaden their experiences by visiting Easterseals services in the United States.

Easterseals is the largest not-for-profit disability services provider in the United States. They award 10 scholarships every year to successful applicants from Ability First Australia member organisations.

For Emily and Nicholas, it’s a chance to share best practices and ideas and learn new approaches and perspectives.

Nicholas says he looks forward to the possibilities for peer learning and networking.

“Given the Home@Scope transition (from the Victorian Government), I feel this will allow insights and learnings into other models of service delivery,” he says.

“It will give us a chance to see what the USA housing model looks like, what positive behaviour support means internationally and, given the strength of early intervention overseas, what we can share as a collective?”

Likewise, Emily is looking forward to experiencing and learning from the Customised Employment model in the US. She’ll also have the valuable opportunity to learn from the experiences of Customised Employment participants.

“I’m keen to understand how this model can be applied within an Australian context, so that we can provide improved and sustainable employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disability,” says Emily.

Note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, exchange placements will happen in 2021.