The Lab: A New Program to Help Kids on the Spectrum

Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:50 pm
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Do you know a kid who is on the autism spectrum and love computers? Well The Lab is doing amazing for kids who are on the spectrum who want to work with technology. Alan Morgans joined Bec and Jeziel this afternoon to talk more about this amazing program that is changing kids’ lives for the better!

The Lab NetworkThe Lab: A New Program to Help Kids on the Spectrum is a not-for-profit that provides mentoring by technology professionals in areas such as gaming, programming, IT, 3D and digital design for social and technical skill development in young people with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Launched in Melbourne’s western suburbs in 2010, the network has grown nationally to around 30 physical venues and an online service. The Lab Network supports community organisers – such as parents, carers, community members and disability service providers – with tools, resources and support to establish and operate new community-based Labs.

At each weekly two-hour Lab session, two or more computer programmers and designers work individually with between 10 and 15 young people to develop their social and technology skills. They provide an environment where participants can share their interests in a wide variety of activities such as gaming together, video creation and sharing, graphic design, programming and game development. Mentors are available during Lab sessions to support activities or to work with participants on new projects of interest to them.

Alan said that one of their students went on to study robotics and is motivating other students to get involved.

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