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Hoodie Up for Autism this April!

Hoodie Up Homepage _ Featured Image Graphic Friday 8th February, 2019:   On Tuesday 2 April 2019, schools  and businesses across Victoria will mark World Autism Acceptance Day by hosting #HoodieUp events to raise funds and show their support for autistic people. Why hoodies? Some autistic people experience sensory sensitivities and can become overloaded by stimuli in their environment; wearing their hoodie up means they can...

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World Autism Awareness Day 2019 (and why I call don’t call it that)

WAAD Joel Sunday 27th January, 2019: Tuesday, April 2 2019 is World Autism Awareness (Acceptance) Day (WAAD), as recognised by the United Nations since 2008. Why have I swapped “awareness” for “acceptance”? Well, we know that 98% of Australians have heard of autism, and that 86% of Australians have contact with at least one autistic person. This shows Australians are aware of...

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Spectrospective + Lego Movie 2: Sunday 31 March at Village Cinemas

Spectro screening website Featured Image Thursday 24th January, 2019: At 11am on Sunday 31 March, join Amaze at Village Cinemas to launch Spectrospective 2019, along with a sensory-friendly screening of The Lego Movie 2… all for only $5 per ticket! Buy your tickets now!  Spectrospective is an annual short film produced by Amaze and starring the autism community, which shares the real experiences of...

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Have you got your ticket to the Autism in Women & Girls Forum, Thursday March 21st?

RATG Forum (WEB) Wednesday 23rd January, 2019: On March 21, join psychologists Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Dr Janine Manjiviona, autistic self-advocate Chloe Hayden and Family Planning Victoria’s Vanessa Thomas at Amaze’s Raising Autistic Teenage Girls forum. This fantastic day of discussion and learning will cover a wide range of must-know topics, including: technology, building resilience, socialising, relationships and sexuality. Increasing understanding of...

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Let’s make #Change4autism this federal election

Change4Autsim Featured Tuesday 22nd January, 2019: The next federal election will take place in 2019. It’s time for the Australian autism community to come together and demand #Change4Autism. Amaze is proud to be a member of the Australian Autism Alliance, a diverse national network of 11 autism organisations combining autistic-led organisations, research bodies, advocacy groups and service providers.Together, we are campaigning to...

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St Kilda FC and Marvel Stadium open sensory room

Sunday 20th January, 2019: This morning I had the pleasure of going to Marvel Stadium to see the new quiet room that has been created at the initiative of St Kilda Football Club, with Amaze’s support.   Channel Nine came to check it out and talked to me and some autistic St Kilda fans. I had the pleasure of...

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Valentine’s Day: more than just romance

Sunday 13th January, 2019: It’s Valentine’s Day, and you might be seeing lots of hearts and flowers all around. Sometimes it can be wonderful to be surrounded by love – but sometimes it can be hard, especially if you’re not currently in a relationship.   If you’re not in the mood to celebrate romantic love, that doesn’t mean you have...

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Spectrospective 2019 is here! Let’s get to ‘Work’

Spectrospective 2019 website featured image-01 Friday 11th January, 2019: Entries are open for Spectrospective 2019! Whether you shoot it with your phone, laptop, iPad or camera, we’re ready and waiting to hear your stories of work, work experience or volunteering. What is Spectrospective? Every year on 2 April, we celebrate World Autism Acceptance Day and build community understanding of autism by sharing your stories...

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ACMI announces four relaxed summer events

minecraft.jfif.1200x630_q85_crop_detail Tuesday 8th January, 2019: ACMI will host four relaxed events this summer for autistic people with sensory sensitivities. ACMI’s Screen World exhibit will offer three relaxed visits on 10 &19 Jan and 16 Feb, from 9am to 10am. Tickets are free, but bookings are required and can be made through the ACMI website. The relaxed visits have reduced noise and...

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Autistic jobseekers wanted! DXC’s Dandelion Program now recruiting for ANZ roles!

Dandelion Program Saturday 5th January, 2019: DXC’s Dandelion Program is now formally recruiting autistic people for training and roles in data service and cyber security at ANZ! These positions are exclusively for autistic people and are a part of DXC and ANZ’s efforts to increase the number of opportunities for autistic people in Australia’s workforce. All autistic people aged 18 years...

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Amaze Chair handover: Judy Brewer passes role onto Warren Bebbington

IMG_0009 Wednesday 19th December, 2018: At Amaze’s AGM 2018 in November, Judy Brewer stepped down as Chair of Amaze and the board elected Warren Bebbington as her replacement. Amaze would like to thank Judy for her time as Chair. It is sad to see her step down. We’d also like to congratulate new Chair, Warren Bebbington. Both are great, passionate...

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The DXC Dandelion Program 2019 applications open

DandelionWEB Wednesday 19th December, 2018: Application Brief The DXC Dandelion Program are currently recruiting autistic people who’d like to be trained and work in the areas of software testing and cyber security. The training and work will all take place in the Melbourne Central Business District. An initial three-week assessment and workshop will run from 28 January to 1 March,...

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7 ways to make Christmas more manageable for an autistic person

7 Ways Web Friday 14th December, 2018: Written by Amaze employee and autistic adult Joel Wilson Christmas can be a stressful time of year. It’s also very overwhelming trying to find what works best for you, your child, or the autistic people around you. There is no lost that will make everything stress-free, but I’ve tried my best to share my experiences...

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Act for Autism forum: the wrap-up

Act for Autism Panel Tuesday 20th November, 2018: On Monday 12 November, Amaze held the first ever State election forum on autism, Act for Autism. Watch it here Co-hosted by Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, the I-CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs, and moderated by Walkley Award-winning journalist Louise Milligan, the forum brought together the Autism spokespeople from the Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties...

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Autism community reacts to state election forum

community reacts Wednesday 14th November, 2018: On Monday 12 November 2018, Amaze hosted an autism state election forum with panelists from all four major parties: Labor, Liberal, The Greens and Reason Party. Here’s how the autism community reacted: *Please note that Amaze will be publishing a summary of the forum later this week. I wasn’t convinced by any of the parties...

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What’s election day like for an autistic person?

Prue featured image Tuesday 13th November, 2018: Written by Amaze employee and autistic adult Joel Wilson In the lead up to the Victoria state election 2018, I interviewed my Amaze colleague and autistic woman Prue Stevenson about voting accessibility for autistic people. Joel Wilson: Have you voted in a state or Federal election before? Prue Stevenson: Yes. I don’t think I’ve missed...

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Victorian Election Autism Forum on 12 Nov

Featured Image Thursday 1st November, 2018: Please join Amaze, Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, I CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs for a special Victorian State Election autism forum. 12 November, 2018 from 6–7.30pm  State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room (Entry 5 on LaTrobe St) Representatives from Victorian Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties to attend Tickets are free – register here Since...

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We are not the voice of our disabled child. Please don’t claim to be able to read your child’s mind. Instead, be a communication partner to help your child make their voice heard

voice Wednesday 24th October, 2018: First published on the Firefly blog If you have a child with a disability, you’re certain to run into the cheerful declaration: “you are your child’s voice”. You can find it on t-shirts, coffee mugs, jewellery and many, many memes and blog posts. Every time I see it, I cringe. Let me make it clear: ...

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TV quiz star Anne Hegerty, praised for speaking candidly about autism, is headed to ‘snake-infested Australian jungle’ for reality series I’m a Celebrity…

Capture Anne Hegerty Wednesday 24th October, 2018: Anne Hegerty, best known as the hard-nosed Governess on quiz show The Chase, has won widespread praise for her candour in discussing the impact of being autistic. And it seems we’re about to learn a whole lot more about what makes the hugely intelligent Hegerty tick. The UK media reports that Hegerty is about to...

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Parents of picky eaters hear this all the time: ‘She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough’. Here are some diet solutions

Young boy applies Hand Over Mouth technique to avoid lunch Sunday 21st October, 2018: If you’re the parent of an autistic child, there’s every chance you’ve heard plenty of well-intentioned, but unhelpful advice when it comes to picky eating. Do any of these comments sound familiar? “She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough.” “Give him to me for a week. I’ll get him to eat.” “She doesn’t have a problem...

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