DDWA Scholarship Recipient:

Carolyn Gerrans, DDWA’s part-scholarship winner


Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Complex Communication Needs
Edith Cowan University


You may recall that Carolyn Gerrans was the winner of a part-scholarship for the Graduate Certificate of Education L41 (Special Education: Complex Communication Needs).  Carolyn is utilising these new skills in her role as a teacher at TAFE to Education Assistant’s and to people with disability.

This post-graduate course is ideal for both teachers and therapists interested in developing their skills and capacity around supporting young people with complex communication needs.


The L41 course at ECU has been an amazing experience that I would recommend to all teachers and other related specialists.

I have been able to use the knowledge and skills I gained in the L41 in classes with my Cert IV education assistant students.  The School literacy component of the course was very interesting and would be useful in both mainstream and special education classes.

I have been able to teach my Education Assistant students how to support people with complex communication needs, how to use various types of AAC, as well as to inspire more students to support inclusion. I am very proud that my recent EA students have graduated with the most current information in this field.

It is also exciting to know that my students may eventually work alongside teachers who have also done the L41 course, and will be able to support both teachers and students.

I also teach a group of adult learners who have disabilities. After completing the ECU course,  I now have the confidence to support my learners who have complex communication needs in their studies, as well as social situations. I recently taught a student  who used very little verbal communication. I was able to support him in using his AAC in class, as well as model to my class EA and other support workers how to use  AAC effectively to include this student in all activities.”

Carolyn Gerrans

Scholarship Recipient