At Afford, staff integrate educational and sensory experiences to encourage individuals to explore new activities, manage a variety of different social situations and participate in activities that bring enjoyment to their lives.
Thanks to the introduction of more all abilities inclusions at Sydney Zoo, Affordians can get involved in many experiences to engage their mind, body and spirit. With no stairs across the entire zoo and all public areas and exhibits accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter, Sydney Zoo is the ideal outing for Affordians to enjoy sensory, social and educational experiences all at once.
Over the past few weeks, clients from Afford’s Rouse Hill and Mt Druitt Day Programs and resident, Dougie, from Afford’s Koala Corner Group Home in Penrith, visited Sydney Zoo with their Afford support staff.
Brenton from Mt Druitt Day Program is a huge NRL Wests Tigers fan and donned his Tigers jacket proudly on his trip to the zoo. Visiting the tiger enclosure was his favourite of all the exhibits. He almost blended in with his back and orange striped clothing!
For the Rouse Hill Affordians, their zoo visit was full of sensory experiences. Beth, Karen and Callum loved listening to all the animal noises as they passed exhibits. With support from their lifestyle assistants, they used the map to navigate around the zoo and see some of their favourite animals.
Karen got up close to a lioness (fortunately it wasn’t real) and Callum laughed along with the chimpanzee statue as he sat next to it on the log eating his lunch.
Dougie from Koala Corner Group Home loved seeing the kangaroos, lions, crocodiles, sheep, elephants and more! With his support person, Reeta, Dougie learned about the different animals, their habitat, what they like to eat and loads of interesting facts.
Visiting the zoo presents many opportunities to engage the senses to understand the world we live in. You can hear the screeches of animals, the rustling of tree branches as creatures wander in their enclosures and take in the smells of animals and the outdoors.
Outings to the zoo involve a variety of social interactions and every Affordian is supported to manage social settings in their own way.