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After school lab starts at Bega Library

Friday 22 January 2016

Bega Valley Shire Library is starting a new after-school club called The Lab, suitable for children with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s, starting at Bega library from Tuesday 2 February.

The Lab will allow young people to explore their own technology interests in a safe and neutral environment, supported by mentors. 

The club format suits children with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s but membership is open to any interested child or teen who needs help socialising or who would like to take their technology skills to a new level.

Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker, said a local parent approached the library about running an Autism Lab which would give local kids a space with opportunities to reach their full potential.

“This after-school club can help young people develop their social and communication skills as they connect with each other through shared technology interests,” he added.

Technology interests may include gaming, creating games, coding, computer programming and design or online media.

Mentors with experience in various technologies and online media will be available to provide individual guidance and collaborate with young people as they work on a technology project.

Participants are asked to bring their own device to The Lab but this is not compulsory.

The Bega Valley Lab will be guided by a national not-for-profit company, The Lab Network, and promotes the values of individuality, equity and social inclusion. The first Lab started in 2011 in Footscray, Melbourne with 13 Labs now around Australia.

For more information please contact Scott Baker on 6499 2172, email sbaker@begavalley.nsw.gov.au or Monika Ryan on 0404 798 368, email monikaryanbega@gmail.com.  Alternatively, befriend the Bega Valley Autism Lab on Facebook.

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