ASDAN = Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network

ASDAN’s vision: “We recognise that young people are multi-talented, and we celebrate that diversity seeking to: engage, motivate and reward learners, make learning relevant and transferable, support a range of learning approaches and contexts, promote active learning and learning to learn, ASDAN strives to transform the abilities and achievements of all learners.”

ASDAN is a UK-based education charity, which has developed flexible educational and life skills courses and programs for young people. ASDAN programs can help prepare participants for adulthood by developing teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and other life skills. Arundel Park is an international ASDAN centre and offers programs for participants aged 14 and above with special or diverse needs. Using a horse themed approach to learning is a great way to motivate many young people who are struggling in a classsroom setting. Arundel Park will be offering a number of programs many of which build over time into employability skills. ASDAN program runs on a School term basis with all learners required to complete the following necessary forms:

  • Application for Membership ASDAN participant
  • If the program includes riding then the APRDA Medical Consent Form will need to be completed (Section C of this form is to be completed by the riders regular GP)

Once these forms are completed and returned to our office, the ASDAN team will contact you to discuss suitability and session times.


ASDAN programs 2020

APRDA will be offering the following programs in 2020. Please note that costs of attending (itemised below for each course) do not cover annual membership or insurance. New members pay $10 for the year and renewals are $5. Programs involving riding and driving have insurance costs of $80 per year and for non riding and driving programs the cost is $40 per year.

Towards Independence – Animal Care including horse riding/driving

This course is multi levelled for participants with a range of abilities and needs. It covers the basics of caring for a horse, feeding, housing, grooming and health and in the second term participants get the opportunity to learn to ride or drive. It is delivered over two terms and is a two hour weekly program helping develop many different skills. A commitment to two terms is required.

Cost of attending is $60 per session plus $30 for the workbook.  This course is moderated externally and participants receive a certificate of achievement recognising the support they have received.

Towards Independence modules- half day programs

Our half day programs are non riding and incorporate ASDAN Towards Independence modules such as Developing Communication Skills. Participants spend 3 hours at APRDA doing a variety of activities that will help them with independence skills. Our programs are designed to blend learning in the classroom with hands on activities such as creating vegetable gardens, spending time with horse and learning about animal care.

Cost of attending this half day program is $75 per session along with $30 for each workbook module. The modules are externally moderated and a certificate of achievement recognises the type of support given to the participant.


This “Preparing for adulthood” program focuses on 4 units which can help develop your employability skills such as reliability, punctuality, working in a team and completing tasks to a standard set by the workplace.

Units cover:

  • Health and safety at work
  • Responsibilities in the workplace
  • Working with others
  • You at work

This program will be delivered over two terms and is a 2-hour weekly session with an ASDAN tutor and is ground-based (non-riding).

Cost of attending is $60 per session (covers delivery, resources, moderation and certificate) plus a one off of $30 to cover the workbook. This program is externally moderated and certificates of achievement will note the type of support given to the participant.




Animal Care or Volunteering Short Courses

These short courses are multi-level and allow participants to develop a range of skills including problem-solving, IT, literacy, numeracy, team working along with exploring animal care or the world of volunteering. The courses accommodate participants who are new to horses along with those who have knowledge and experience of horses. A capacity to explore issues such as safety around animals, why people volunteer and similar topics is required along with basic literacy.

The programs will be available each term and are 2 hour weekly session with an ASDAN tutor and are ground based (non riding).

The cost of attending is $60 per session which covers your assessment, moderation and certificate of achievement. The workbook is extra and is $30 per program.  This program is internally moderated and participants will receive a certificate of achievement.



Can I get funding from NDIS? 

APRDA are working hard to deliver services and supports that participants need to have a fulfilling and independent life. Our ASDAN programs help to deliver life skills and we will be encouraging participants to seek support from NDIS for our ASDAN programs.

Courses Offered

  • Preparing for adulthood
    • A range of courses including Towards Independence and Workright,  which are particularly suitable for learners with special needs  and help develop independent living skills
  • Short Courses
    • These courses are open to all young people and comprise challenges in different topics such as volunteering, leadership, and animal care
  • Workright
    • Specialising in developing skills in areas associated with employment
    • Giving participants real world experience of working in a busy working environment at APRDA
    • Multi level to incorporate different levels of support to those with special needs

APRDA can also partner with schools delivering the Personal Development Programs and assist in the delivery of short courses. The Silver and Gold awards can credit towards the QCE.

ADSAN Sessions

What happens in these sessions? 

Coaches will facilitate learners to build a portfolio of evidence and the knowledge and understanding required to meet each ASDAN program. This will take place both indoors and outside, focusing on experiential and collaborative learning. Sessions will take place in small groups.

The sessions will run weekly for 2-3 hours, during QLD School terms. Programs or modules generally take one or two terms to complete.


We are pleased to be able to offer a half day program for youth and young adults with an intellectual disability at APRDA on Monday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30. This new program will run through term 4 and into 2020 and is aimed at increasing independent living skills through ASDAN’s Towards Independence program.
The program will provide an opportunity to learn about horsemanship and horse care whilst gaining valuable skills including building confidence, communication skills and social awareness. The ASDAN component will be integrated into the session and can be completed at the student’s own pace. Our first module will be “Developing Communication Skills: Introduction” and covers speaking and listening as well as an introduction to writing.
The morning activities will also include a project where our participants work together to create their own ideas to support our center.
The cost of the 3-hour Monday Mornings 9.30 am-12.30 pm morning session is $75 per session and is normally covered by the participants NDIS plan.

Startup Fees
There is a one-off fee of $30 to cover ASDAN Workbooks. Membership and insurance are extra.

This program will continue into 2020 and participants will have the opportunity to achieve competence in further ASDAN Towards Independence modules. A commitment to a minimum of 2 terms is needed to gain the most from this program.
Participants should bring sun protection, water bottles, enclosed shoes (boots are available to borrow) and morning tea.
Please contact us for more details and to book a place as numbers are limited. Recommencing in February 2020



CLICK HERE  APRDA New-Returning Participant Enquiry Form

We do have a waitlist for most of our Riding Programs and this is mainly afterschool and Saturdays.
Weekdays during school hours generally have more availability.

Further Questions?

Contact Hilary Stubbs / Sam Gray

Telephone: 55940305


387 Brisbane Road, Coombabah