What is the Lab?
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 thelab[email protected]bettercare.com or visit www. justbettercare.com/hills-hornsby