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Amaze announces new forum: preparing autistic students for transition to year 7

Posted on 24 May 2018 under News

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This forum will discuss how to prepare autistic students for a smooth transition into secondary school and is designed for both teachers and parents. We will be providing information about ways that schools and families can support autistic people to have the best possible experience starting secondary school.

Some topics that will be discussed, include:

  • What is a good transition?
  • Communication between home and the school
  • Preparing for the transition
  • Developing a transition plan
  • Strategies to support student independence at high school

Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers will each share a unique perspective and practical advice and include that of a school principal, a parent and an autistic young person who has been through the transition.








Max Williams from the I Can Network (above) will share his lived experience.












Vanessa Thomas has been working in the disability field for 30 years. In that time, she has had a diverse career including direct support of adults and children with disability and has worked for Scope, Amaze, and Carers Victoria.

Vanessa is now Manager of Community Services at Family Planning Victoria and is finishing off a Master’s degree in Disability Policy and Practice with a thesis relating to the sexual health literacy of girls with high-functioning autism. She has two teenage daughters with high functioning Autism who are both learning to drive and one is doing VCE. This is causing many grey hairs.









Anna Rigoni has worked in education for 22 years across the independent and state school sectors.  Anna has worked in a variety of provisions including alternative, specialist and mainstream schools.  Her first principal ship was at Northern School for Autism.  She is currently the principal of Charles La Trobe College.



“Very informative and a good balance of opinions from a variety of people experienced in the transition process. I came away feeling empowered and informed” – Karen – parent who attended this forum in 2017.



This is a free event proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank Grass Roots Program and Vic Super

Date & Time: Monday 25 June 2018, 9am – 3.30pm

Venue: Level 9, 171 Collins Street, Melbourne


To book your ticket visit Eventbrite


If you have any questions about this forum please contact Claire Holden; Phone: 03 9657 1621, Email:


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