COFFEE EVENING CANCELLED THIS THURSDAY 19TH MARCH

After due consideration it is with regret we announce the cancellation of the coffee evening scheduled for this Thursday DUE TO THE SITUATION WITH CORONA VIRUS.

The safety of our members comes first. Apologies if this has inconvenienced anyone

The BAAG Committee

Social Groups for Young adults and Teens starting up.

BAAG, along with Interchange, are excited to announce that we are offering two Social groups for young Autistic people. The first is for Young adults between 18 and 25 years old, the other a Teen social group for 13 to 18 year olds. Please see the details on the fliers attached below.You must contact Interchange directly if you or your child is interested.We are hoping the groups will offer a great social outlet for young people.
Regards BAAG committee

Ready Set Connect event

One Community are hosting a Ready-Set-Connect networking event in Bendigo on Wednesday 19 Feb and we would love to extend an invitation to yourself and anyone else that you feel may benefit by coming along!

Ready-Set-Connect events are FREE to attend and are different to your typical expo. They are delivered in a speed dating format where events are timed and structured. Not to mention they are fun and interactive. Here is one of the events in action – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ZFrf5WCi8n

Ready-Set-Connect events are held to empower Support Coordinators, Case Managers, Carers, Parents, PWD, Teachers, LACs etc to build their local connections, enabling them true choice and control! These events provide a positive environment for those within the NDIS community to connect and collaborate with others, broaden their industry knowledge and promote their service or product.  They have proven hugely popular around the country because each attendee is 100% guaranteed to be matched and get to talk to each service provider.

The events provide an effective and efficient platform to build provider networks and build local knowledge of services and products available. In the space of 2 hours, you get to meet and collaborate with a variety of service providers. Register for free via the following links:

WHERE               TIME                                                LOCATION                                      LINK TO REGISTER

Bendigo 10 am-12:30, Wed 19 Feb            Bendigo Harness Racing Club      https://onecommunity.net.au/Ready-Set-Connect/Event/140-bendigo  

Here is a Support Coordinator talking about their experience with our networking events – https://youtu.be/b4h0xRkOOEw

Staying Safe Around the Water: Autism Swim

Autism Swim, an Australian-based social enterprise specialising in water safety for people with autism, has recently launched a free water safety app, Staying Safe Around the Water.

The app is an interactive social story teaching the users key safety skills and practices to adopt in and around the water. It’s currently the only interactive water safety app for people with autism and other abilities available worldwide.

To find out more or to download the app, visit Autism Swim’s website here

END OF YEAR BREAK UP NOV 23rd 4-6pm

End of year Break up in 2 days time! THIS IS ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT BAAG MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
It is that time of year again. Please come along to our end of year break up at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre this Sat 23rd November from 4pm to 6pm. We have the whole centre to ourselves including the Planetarium and vertical slide. We have give aways plus 3 lucky door family prizes to keep you cool this summer! Plenty of food will be available including pizzas, snack food and the sweet stuff. We will provide some gluten free food as well.
We would welcome as many members and their families as possible to celebrate the end of our BAAG year.No need to RSVP, just come along and have some fun!
Regards BAAG committee

https://discovery.asn.au/

Resources for Sport and running by Tony Langdon

 I did have a few resources that I mentioned that I would like to share:

AAA Play (I am an ambassador).  This is an information and referral
service for all abilities sporting programs around Victoria.

https://aaavic.org.au .

Running on the Spectrum.  This is a NZ based charity that operates in
Australia as well.  They help autistic kids to get into running by
distributing running shoes to autistic kids who are interested in
running.  I had hoped to have information for accessing this, but it
didn’t get to me in time.  If you’re interested, please contact me.

Parkrun.  This is not autism specific, but as distance running suits
many autistics, and walking is one of the most accessible exercises of
all, I’ve included it.  Parkrun is a weekly timed 5km run (or walk if
you prefer). It’s non competitive and for people of all levels of
fitness.  Everyone is welcome.  Kids under 11 need to be accompanied by
a parent and remain within reach. 

Currently, there is a Parkrun happening every Saturday morning at 8AM at
Kennington Reservoir, and a second Parkrun looks like starting soon in
Bendigo.

Parkrun is also free – both to register and take part.  For more
information, visit:

https://www.parkrun.com.au

For those more interested in recreational cycling, there’s a community
ride in Bendigo on the second Sunday of the month, run by Bike Bendigo. 
They also have a lot more other stuff going on.

I also have a sporting Facebook page that may be of interest.  It
contains updates, photos, videos of me in action and information of
interest.

https://www.facebook.com/TonyLangdonAthlete/