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.
Board games for people on the autism spectrum (13 years +) and their friends and families. Come and enjoy an evening getting to know others, learning new games or playing old favourites. Pizza/snack food/soft drink provided. Gold coin donation. A plate of food to share is appreciated. Next session is on Saturday 23 Feb 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will be on every third Saturday, between March and November 2019. At Downer Community Hall, Frencham Place, Downer. Contact Bronwyn 0434 565 159 or Deon 0417 422 537. Download flyer.
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
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.
CASPAR Kids Playgroup
CASPAR Kids Playgroup is specifically for children on the Autism Spectrum, and their siblings at ACT Playgroups, Cook Community Hub. Our group strives to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for children to connect and play. Cost is $6 per family. For further information contact Cristy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403 657 881.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Key dates for 2019:
- Thursday 21 March: start of TNA Netball Skills Program (people can join anytime through the full program)
- Sunday 7 April: start of TNA winter netball season
- Thursday 6 June: end of skills program - full transition fo club (with ongoing support)
- Saturday 21 September: end of TNA winter season.
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 email@example.com or phone 6264 0200 for more information. Download D&D flyer.
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.