Autism Board Games
Join us for a fun evening playing board games - old favourites or something new. Meet people and make new friends. On every 3rd Saturday of each month. From 5.30 to 8.30 pm at Downer Community Centre, Frencham Place, Downer. $10 per participant (to cover food and hall hire) (carers free). NB: Appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures will be put in place. Please do not attend if you are unwell. See you there! Contact Bronwyn on 0434 565 159. Download flyer.
Children of all abilities are invited to join Marymead and ACT Playgroups at the Boundless Playground for Boundless Buddies Playgroup, every Monday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, including school holidays. Boundless Buddies provides supported playgroup activities for children of all abilities, their parents and carers. Marymead staff are available to provide information and referral options for parents and carers. In addition, a calendar of visiting professionals provides the opportunity for informal discussion around child development. Parking (including disabled access parking) is available in Kings Park near the Boundless Playground, as well as across Parkes Way at Russell. No bookings required and it's free. Bring a water bottle and weather-smart clothing.
Aspie Girls Social Group (Aspie Sistas)
A casual social group for teenage girls on the Autism Spectrum. Aspie Sistas is a community group created to provide our Teen-Angels with regular social outings and activities, with a group of understanding, accepting and empathetic friends. The group embraces the uniqueness of each and every one of our Aspie Sistas, for who they are, not what the magazines say they should be. The activities range from craft to bowling, games, treasure hunts, lunches … whatever the girls decide on. Parents are encouraged to come along also, as it a great chance to share the journey. So don’t wait to be invited to the party, make your own with us, because ‘Aspie Girls just wanna have fun too!’ Contact Deon Revet on 0417 422 537.
Early Intervention Playgroups
Early Intervention Playgroups for children with or suspected of having a disability for children 0 to 5 years are free, fun, interactive, evidence-based and accessible to all. These playgroups are designed to support the journey of families with young children with additional needs and/or siblings of children with additional needs. All family members including siblings and other carers are encouraged to attend. Groups run during the school terms.
- Tuesday at Namadji Preschool, Kambah, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
- Wednesday at Old Scullin Preschool, Scullin 9:30 am to 11:30 am
- Thursday at Gungahlin Child & Family Centre, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Friday at Tuggeranong Child & Family Centre, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
PCYC Playgroup: Play With Friends
Disability Trust: Sport and Recreation Activities
Fun is the focus of The Disability Trust’s Sport and Recreation Services, which provides opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities to participate in and enjoy physical and creative activities. Programs and support options available for children, teenagers and adults that provide opportunities to meet people, learn new skills, play in competitions, perform on stage and develop their creative side. Call 1300 347 224 if you would like support to meet new friends and participate.
Feros Care (Local Area Coordinators)
Feros Care is the ACT partner of the NDIS and they can help you get access into the NDIS, meet with you to develop your first plan, help you implement your plan and conduct plan reviews. The Feros Care office is located at 6 Shae Street, Phillip or you can contact them on 1300 986 970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop-In Fridays (every Friday between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
The Feros Care Local Area Coordination Service is available to answer your questions about the NDIS and to help link you to mainstream and community supports. We invite you to drop into our office on a Friday to meet with a friendly Local Area Coordinator who can help you:
- find out more about the NDIS access and eligibility
- understand how to use your NDIS plan
- utilise the NDIS myPlace participant portal
- learn more about how you can self-manage your NDIS funding
- understand and develop your own service agreements
- find and engage providers to help you meet your goals
- link to mainstream and community services.
No appointments are necessary. Visit Feros Care at 6 Shea Street, Phillip.
Yellow Ladybugs is a volunteer community group that creates social events, similar to birthday parties, where girls between 5 and 17 years of age can come together and bond over their similar journeys. Our vision is to foster strong relationships, which will ultimately create a network of like-minded friends outside of school. Our ambassador is well-known autistic advocate and author, Jeanette Purkis. Jeanette attends most of our events and loves to talk with parents and their daughters. Events are advertised on our closed local Facebook group, Yellow Ladybugs – ACT. For further information please email Tanya on email@example.com.
Everyday Champions: Man Talk
Man Talk is a social activity for men, young and old, to get together for a (responsible) drink or two, make some new mates, and have the chance to talk about what it means to be a bloke these days. We plan to get together once a month and it's free of charge. Just buy yourself a drink and maybe shout another bloke a drink. The Dock, at Kinston Foreshore, has some great food as well if you want to get something to eat. We're happy for you to just turn up on the night, but it's a busy pub so it might be best if you let us know a few days in advance so we can book a table. While we welcome all blokes, we'd especially love to see some guys who are on the Autism spectrum come along.
Cyclabilities is a group based transdisciplinary family therapy program for children with additional needs which focuses on developing road safety awareness, strength and conditioning and cycling skills. Cyclabilities builds social skills and connection for families with children with additional needs. For more information or to book your place at Cyclabilities this term please email Cyclabilities at firstname.lastname@example.org or download our flyer.
Participation Netball Competition
Tuggeranong Netball Association (TNA) welcomes all members of the ACT and district's community with a disability. The TNA Community Engagement Netball program welcomes players new to netball. It involves a 10-week skills program (Thursdays 5 to 6 pm) including integration into a club from week 3 (usually from 6 to 7 pm). TNA provides financial support for your inclusion. For further information contact 6265 4090 or email@example.com, or see flyer.
Modified Rugby Program
The MRP is a modified form of rugby union specifically designed for girls, boys and young adults with learning and perceptual disabilities who are individually matched with PlayerMentors for support, encouragement and friendship both on and off the field. Training commences 2 May. For further information please see the flyer.
Dungeons & Dragons
There is now also a Dungeons & Dragons group being run on the northside by Belconnen Community Service at Belconnen Youth Centre from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. To enrol please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6264 0200 for more information. Download D&D flyer.
The Canberra Girls’ Programming Network
The Canberra Girls’ Programming Network runs free, hands-on programming workshops for girls in grades 4 to 12. Girls are introduced to a range of topics such as cryptography and games and code their own programs using the Python programming language. No coding experience is necessary! Events are run several times a year by volunteer local women studying or working in IT in industry, academia and government. So whether you’re a coding guru, or just a beginner, come along to one of our workshops and give programming a go!
Facebook: Canberra Adults with HFA and Aspergers
The Canberra Adults with High Functioning ASD and Aspergers Social Group is a private Facebook group for adults with high functioning autism (HFA) or Aspergers Syndrome living in Canberra to chat and get to know like-minded individuals as part of a community, sharing stories, information and experiences. The group was set up by regular people, with all the same challenges as the rest of the group. Visit the Facebook page and request to 'Join Group' to get access.
The Calm Room: Westfield Woden
Lovegrove Park Googong
Lovegrove Park includes custom designed equipment to accommodate children with a range of abilities, with slides, rides and various tactile features incorporated to ensure no child would be excluded from the playground. To encourage community involvement in the construction of the playground, students from The Anglican School Googong left their mark by painting totem poles that form the boundary of the equipment. There are BBQ's and shelter available, and the park is open to the public, located at Lovegrove Park, Daniel Street, Googong NSW 2620.