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i am woman Y oung women with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who struggle with self-esteem issues, are being helped by a new program introduced by Minda. The ‘I am Woman’ and ‘Girl Power’ programs have been developed by the South Australian disability support organisation to meet the needs of young women who may struggle to find their place in society due to poor self-image, lack of confidence and difficulty making and maintaining TM General Store Specialty Waterproof Clothing & Bed Pads now available BrollySheetsGeneralStore.com Waterproof Clothing Protection meaningful relationships. “Many young women with intellectual disability or ASD feel isolated within their communities and struggle to find their place in society due to poor self-image, lack of confidence and difficulty making and maintaining meaningful relationships,” Minda social worker Kaye Kay says. “The ‘I am Woman’ and ‘Girl Power’ programs facilitate clo self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and personal growth and development by assisting women to learn new skills, so they can connect with and contribute to their community, grow in their own positive self-awareness and confidence as well as and build networks and friendships.” ‘Girl Power’ helps guide young women in building Waterproof Cotton Boxer Shorts healthy, safe and positive relationships with themselves, the people around them and the communities in which they live,” Kaye says. “The workshops include various fun, interactive activities in an environment that builds social connections and relationships with peers, and includes a final evaluation providing a report outlining learning outcomes and recommendations to the carer and NDIS.” Minda staff are also developing a similar program for younger men, aged 13 to 17 years called ‘Becoming Men’ and ‘I am Man’ for ages 18 to 35 years. Absorbant Bed Pads with Wings Graduates of the ‘I am Woman’ program, with social workers at Minda, Rachel Smyth and Kaye Kay. linkonline.com.au Brolly Sheets General Store is a registered provider to the NDIS cerebral palsy 41