A network of technology clubs for children and young people who identify as being on the autism spectrum and who enjoy working with computers

Mentoring by technical professionals in
programming, 3D, Digital Design, and Gaming.

What is The Lab?

The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for children and young people who identify as being on the autism spectrum and who enjoy working with computers. The Lab offers mentoring by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming. While The Lab is not NDIS registered, many Lab participants use their NDIS plans to pay for Lab sessions.

About Lab sessions

The Lab’s approach is unstructured and does not have expectations of specific education or technology outcomes. The Lab is a tech and games based social experience for young people aged 10-16 +.

The Lab News
  • The Lab at Castle Hill in Sydney will commence sessions on Sunday March 21st at the Museums Discovery Centre on Sunday mornings from 10.30am – 12.30pm during school terms. See the Join a Lab page for more details.
  • This article from ABC News gives a great overview of The Lab on the Gold Coast, their fantastic work and their commitment to opening the door to new skills, friendships and fun.
  • New Lab groups for young people in Port Pirie SA and North Lakes in Qld are now registering participants. To join one of these groups click on the Register button at the top of this page or on the Join a Lab page. Session details will be available soon.
  • A Lab Online group has been running in Perth since T4 last year and we’re keen to support the establishment of a face to face group there. Please contact us at admin@thelab.org.au if you are interested in hosting this Lab group with a local venue.
  • A new Lab is set to open in Canberra for Term 2. To pre-register as a participant please click the register button at the top of this page and select the Canberra Lab on the participant details page.

The Lab Online

The Lab Online sessions are available Monday to Friday from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. These sessions cover a wide range of game play and tech activities using the Zoom platform.

To register for online sessions please complete the registration form linked from the Join a Lab page and register for The Lab Online. We will contact you to discuss the session day and time that best suits you.

Click this link to read full details of Lab Online sessions:
The Lab Online FAQ 2021
See the video of participants PAX 2020 game projects here.

Mentors with technical expertise

By pairing young people who have Autism with tutors who have technical expertise in areas of mutual interest, The Lab seeks to improve the well-being and life prospects of young people who are often highly skilled but whose condition can lead them to fall through gaps in the mainstream education system. The Lab is always on the lookout for enthusiastic and skilled tech mentors.

The Lab resources

Join The Lab to access a great variety of helpful videos and powerpoints for participants, mentors and parents.

Introduction to The Lab