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Amaze Autism Spectrum Information and Referral Service: For individuals, families and professionals

Amaze’s Information Officer is available to assist you to access information about the autism spectrum, and to point you in the direction of services and supports that might be able to help you further.

On this page you will find information about the most frequent requests that come through our Information Service. Here you will find resources and services that can help you access further information and support.


Information Line

If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, you can contact our Information Officer through our InfoLine. We take calls from individuals, parents, families, professionals and the general public. The InfoLine is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

Sometimes the InfoLine is very busy: if you don’t get an answer straight away, leave a message and our Information Officer will return your call. Our Information Officer can also answer questions through our Information Inbox at info@amaze.org.au

Please note, if you need crisis intervention, please call Lifeline on 131 114 or Parentline on 132 289.


I want some information from Amaze

If your inquiry is about something on the list below, contact the team directly for assistance.

Helping Children with Autism funding Autism Advisor Line 1300 424 499 teamleader@amaze.org.au
Victorian Autism Conference VAC Inquiry Line 9657 1600 conference@amaze.org.au
Training Inquiries Amaze Knowledge 1300 262 935 learning@amaze.org.au
My child has just received a new diagnosis of Autism
I am looking for information about the Autism Spectrum
  • Take some time to explore the Amaze website. The Discover tab is a great place to get started.
  • Download our Information Pack, check out our fact sheets, and find other useful information about autism at our Resources Page
  • Visit the autism section of the Raising Children Network, the national parenting website.
I am looking for information on how to get an Autism assessment

For Children and Adolescents

  • Visit Amaze’s page on Assessment and Diagnosis, which includes a list of public assessment teams in Victoria, and how to access them.
  • Speak to your GP or your child’s paediatrician about the process of getting an autism assessment

For Adolescents and Adults

  • There are no public assessment teams for adults. For an adult autism assessment, the most common pathway is through a psychiatrist (or psychologist) who specialises in adult autism assessment and diagnosis. See our Assessment and Diagnosis page for more information on the assessment process for adults.
  • To find a psychiatrist who has knowledge of autism, use the Find A Psychiatrist tool on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists website.
  • To find a psychologist who has knowledge of autism, use the Find a Psychologist tool on the Australian Psychological Society’s website.
I want more information about therapy for children on the autism spectrum
  • Visit the TherapyConnect website for information about the therapy process and what to expect. It includes helpful information about how to direct your child’s therapy needs, as well as strategies to help you get the best outcomes for your child.
  • The Raising Children Network has a useful Guide to Therapies section, which gives information about common therapies and their evidence base.
  • To find a psychologist who has knowledge of the autism spectrum, use the Find a Psychologist tool on the Australian Psychological Society’s website.
  • To find a speech pathologist who has knowledge of the autism spectrum, use the Find a Speech Pathologist tool on Speech Pathology Australia’s website.
  • To find an occupational therapist who has knowledge of the autism spectrum, use the Find an Occupational Therapist tool on Occupational Therapy Australia’s website.
I want more information about the autism spectrum and Adults
  • The Department of Human Services (DHS) Intake and Response Team can be contacted for support options for individuals with a disability. DHS will place them on the Disability Support Register (DSR) for assessment of needs and support options. Call 1800 783 783 to discuss your options.
  • Local councils offer services and support. To find out what is offered by your council, contact your local council and ask for the Metro or Rural Access Officer.
  • For information on how to support job seekers on the autism spectrum, visit the Job Access page
  • For supported employment options for people with a disability, contact Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Learn more about Personnel Group, a federal program for ongoing support for individuals with a disability in the workplace
  • Disability Employment Australia specialise in helping people with disability find employment
  • Asperger’s Victoria provides helpful information and support through online resources, group meetings and seminars.
I would like some support
  • If you need immediate crisis counselling, please contact Lifeline (131 114) or Parentline (132 289)
  • Support Groups can be a place meet others and get support from people who understand. You can find a list of Support Groups here.
  • Local councils offer services and support. To find out what is offered by your council, contact your local council and ask for the Metro or Rural Access Officer.
  • For respite options in your area, contact the Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 for support during business hours. Should you be in need of emergency respite or need support outside standard business hours call 1800 059 059.
  • Carers Victoria offer advice, information and support for carers to improve their health, wellbeing, financial security and resilience. They also offer up to 6 free counselling sessions. Contact the Carer’s Victoria Advisory Line on 1800 242 636
  • Asperger’s Victoria provides helpful information and support through online resources, group meetings and seminars.

 

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