What is the Lab?

Monthly Chronicle - - Health & Well-being -

The Lab is the col­lec­tive term for a net­work of tech­nol­ogy clubs that of­fer com­puter and tech­nol­ogy ses­sions to young peo­ple aged 10 to 16 with Asperger’s syn­drome and high-func­tion­ing autism. The Lab was born out of a VicHealth funded re­search project called Con­nected Lives in 2009-10, which ex­plored how tech­nol­ogy could be used to im­prove the well­be­ing of young peo­ple with mul­ti­ple forms of dis­ad­van­tage. At The Lab, young peo­ple are men­tored by pro­fes­sion­als from the tech­nol­ogy space. They learn about pro­gram­ming, 3D, dig­i­tal de­sign and gam­ing, with the ul­ti­mate aim of im­prov­ing so­cial and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

Mark and Sue Buckle, own­ers of Just Bet­ter Care Hills District, have been in­volved with The Lab’s Hornsby lo­ca­tion since it com­menced over five years ago. Speak­ing to friends and cus­tomers, Mark and Sue knew there was a gap to be filled for young peo­ple with autism in the com­mu­nity; a place for them to meet and share their en­thu­si­asm for gam­ing and pro­gram­ming.

To find out more about The Lab Hornsby, email the­lab­hornsby@just­bet­ter­care.com or visit www. just­bet­ter­care.com/hills-hornsby

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