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TechHaven bridges opportunities

NDIS TechHaven
Hospitality students Daniel Drummond, Jaxon Hall and Isabelle Kerr relax in IMPACT’s new TechHaven space.

In a ground breaking endeavour to support individuals with disabilities IMPACT Community Services has launched new initiative TechHaven.

TechHaven is aimed at providing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants in the Bundaberg Region with a diverse range of tech-based resources and activities.

This initiative seeks to empower individuals with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum, by fostering their interests, enhancing social skills and nurturing technical talents within a supportive learning environment.

The TechHaven offers an impressive array of technological resources and experiences that cater to a wide range of preferences and abilities, including:

  • Gaming consoles: Featuring gaming consoles like PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X, participants can immerse themselves in the world of gaming, promoting cognitive skills, teamwork, and strategic thinking.
  • Arcade games: Classic games like PAC-MAN, Galaga, Galaxia, DigDug and Rompers offer not only nostalgic entertainment but also encourage hand-eye coordination and quick decision-making.
  • 3D modelling and printing: Individuals can explore their creativity through 3D modelling and printing, turning their imaginative ideas into tangible objects.
  • Virtual reality (VR) headsets: VR experiences allow participants to venture into virtual worlds, enhancing sensory experiences and promoting spatial awareness.
  • Recreational activities: Foosball and pool tables provide avenues for friendly competition and casual social interaction.
  • Dungeons and Dragons groups: Engaging in role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons fosters teamwork, storytelling, and imagination.
  • Entertainment Corner: Movie screenings, karaoke sessions, and more offer enjoyable avenues for self-expression and relaxation.

The TechHaven addresses the critical need for accessible and engaging services for individuals with disabilities, especially those on the autism spectrum who are often socially isolated.

Recent analysis of NDIS data for the region has revealed a significant number of people with autism have not utilised the supports that can improve their lives.

Furthermore, the lack of technologically-focused services in the area has left a gap in engaging opportunities for this specific demographic.

TechHaven aims to bridge this gap by providing tailored resources that resonate with the interests and abilities of participants.

TechHaven is poised to revolutionise the way individuals with disabilities interact with technology, learn valuable skills, and engage socially.

This initiative not only offers access to technology but also creates a nurturing community where participants can explore, grow and connect.

Funding for this space was kindly provided by St John’s Grace Fund.

For more information about the TechHaven or NDIS Community Access or Activities, go to National Disability Insurance Scheme – Impact Community Services  or follow IMPACT Community Services on Facebook.

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