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Amaze Media Centre: a guide to accurate reporting on autism

Amaze provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government, the community and media.

Amaze sees its role as facilitating and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience of autism and actively engages people with lived experience to guide the way our organisation works and how we design our programs and activities.

A key objective of Amaze is to reach the wider world so the community can build understanding of autism and learn how to better support autistic people, their supporters and families.

For this reason we believe this media guide is an invaluable resource for media professionals.

This section contains Amaze media contact details for journalists; A pathway for media to connect with autistic people; Fast Facts about AutismInformation about accurate and respectful reporting of autism; Amaze’s tips on interviewing and photographing autistic people; and Amaze position statements.

REPORTING ON AUTISM: ALL  YOU NEED TO KNOW

Contacts for journalists

Make contact with our media team to gain expert comment for your story. Our team can connect you with our CEO, clinical specialists and autistic people and their families. Amaze proactively engages with the autism community to inform our priorities, build capacity, strengthen relationships and to advocate for change.

What is autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the brain’s growth and development. It is a lifelong condition, with symptom that appear in early childhood. Find out more about autism. Access Amaze’s Fast Facts about Autism sheet.

Autism myth buster: separating fact from fallacy

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Interviewing autistic people: the pre-interview and pre-photography checklist 

A guiding principle in the autism community is “Nothing about us, without us”. Aim to give the autistic person a voice. It can only enrich the story. This may mean a face-to-face interview, interview via email, or answering questions with support from a family member/carer. This is your pre-interview and photography checklist.

Writing and talking about autism: preferred terminology and using identity-first language

We have evolved our position on the way we describe autism which has been informed first by feedback from autistic people as well as research from the UK.

This has shown a preference for identity first language, such as “autistic”, as it places autism as intrinsic to a
person’s identity and as such, we have chosen to adopt the term “autistic person” in place of “people
on the autism spectrum”. Click here for our guide to autism terminology

The 3-minute deadline checklist: commonly misused terms and alternatives

It’s understood media professionals need to communicate their message in the most concise way possible.

However it is recommended that writers read over text to ensure language choices are intentional because it’s easy to cause inadvertent harm with terminology.

Please consider these language preferences wherever you can

Information about Amaze, our Position Statements, Strategic Plan and Submissions

Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Click here for information about us, Amaze’s Strategic Directions to 2040 and Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and our  Position Statements on issues such as:

Amaze has made major submissions to governments including the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for People with Autism; Victorian Government review of Program for Students with a Disability and the Productivity Commission Review of NDIS Costs.

In the News

Amaze’s autism-related news stories.

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