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VU research celebrated at Parliament House

A Victoria University initiative training young people with Asperger's Syndrome to be computer programmers will be celebrated at Parliament House in August.

A new film on The Lab technology club will screen at Parliament House on August 15 as part of National Science Week.

The Lab offers one-to-one tuition from technology professionals in programming, 3D, digital design and gaming for 8 to 16 year-old young people with Asperger's Syndrome.

The Lab's approach to learning emerged out of previous projects run by its co-founders Dale Linegar and Dr Stefan Schutt from Victoria University's Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing.

"By pairing young people who have Asperger's Syndrome with tutors who have technical expertise in areas of mutual interest, The Lab seeks to improve the wellbeing 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," Dr Schutt said.

The idea for The Lab began with a VicHealth-funded project in 2009. It has also received funding from the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre to explore the impact of The Lab on young people's wellbeing during 2012.

The Young and Well CRC is an Australian-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and how those technologies can be used to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Project managers are seeking further funding to expand the project into the future.

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