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Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Begin with our strategic plan and position statements

Serendip 1 Capture Thursday 7th June, 2018: 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. From this week we will also share with you our Position Statements on key issues such as Accessible environments for autistic people.

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Amaze announces boost for Autism Information and Support Service

Female customer services agent with Headset working in a call center Thursday 7th June, 2018: This two-year project ($858,755) pilots a multi-channel Integrated Autism Information and Support Service in Victoria with a plan for national scale up. The service provides free, independent, accessible, evidence-based autism information and support for autistic people, families and carers. The content will include diagnosis advice, service information and referrals to community and peer support. Funding...

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5 ways to share ‘Do One Thing for Autism’ on social media

Facebook Frame Wednesday 6th June, 2018: Do One Thing for Autism is Amaze’s campaign to get the Australian public to understand, support and accept autistic people. Here are some ways you can help spread the word on social media.   1. Put the ‘One Thing’ frame over your Facebook profile picture and let your network know you did one thing for...

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There is ample expertise in autism that is just waiting to be tapped: Amaze Chair tells The Australian

judy brewer Monday 4th June, 2018: Judy Brewer is highly recognised as an outstanding leader and advocate for autism having devoted the last 20 years to driving change and elevating the needs of autistic people and their families to governments and the wider community. She has today written this piece for newspaper The Australian: Ill-informed debate over eligibility and arbitrary line-drawing through...

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Amaze is developing a peer support model for the autism community

group therapy2 Wednesday 30th May, 2018: Amaze has been funded to develop an evidence-based model of peer support suitable for autistic people, their families and carers. This toolkit will provide guidance to individuals or groups who are starting new programs or running existing ones. Globally, there is growing evidence that peer support may influence behaviour change and health and wellbeing outcomes...

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Amaze launches new WebChat service

image of female hands typing Thursday 24th May, 2018: Amaze has launched a new way for people to connect with the Autism Information Advisor Service. People will be now be able to contact Amaze via instant online chat (WebChat) in addition to the existing phone and email service. The service has been created to make it easier and more accessible to contact Amaze for...

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

Early Days Margaret Clancy Indigenous 1 u- 1 Thursday 24th May, 2018: About 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,...

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Progress on the Victorian Autism Plan

Group of Diverse Various Occupations People Meeting Thursday 24th May, 2018: The Victorian Autism Plan is being developed by the Victorian Government in response to a Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people. The Inquiry report highlighted the challenges faced by autistic people and their families in Victoria, and made 101 recommendations to improve the supports, services and inclusion of autistic people. Amaze is a member...

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New resource – Autism and Learning Plans at School

Image of teacher helping children at school Thursday 24th May, 2018: Amaze has created a new online resource for parents, teachers and students to assist the process of putting together an individual learning plan for autistic students. It’s especially helpful for people who are new to the process or who want to get the most out of the process. The resource is written in simple English...

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Do One Thing for Autism

Do One Thing For Autism campaign image Monday 14th May, 2018: Amaze’s new research shows that while 98% of Australians have heard of autism, only 16% of autistic people and their families believe the public know how autism effects them. Autistic people and their families want the community to understand six ways that autism affects people: Difficulties in social situations Anxiety about unexpected changes Needing extra...

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New Amaze research highlights gap between awareness and understanding of autism

Asian father and son having a conversation Monday 14th May, 2018: Amaze has released new research today that shows Australians have a good awareness of autism, however most people don’t know what to do to support an autistic person. The findings reveal nearly all Australians (98%) have heard of autism, and 86% of people have contact with an autistic person. One in five people has an autistic...

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Quinn Lahiff-Jenkins assault

Australian State Police Friday 11th May, 2018: Amaze was shocked to learn of the Tuesday afternoon attack of autistic teenager Quinn Lahiff-Jenkins outside of Northcote High School. It’s an attack that has shocked the autism community and the public. We extend our best wishes to Quinn and his family as they recover from the physical and psychological harm this incident has caused....

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Tell us your story to help us build greater understanding of autism

Couple using laptops Friday 11th May, 2018: Amaze’s research shows that only 29 percent of the public feel they know how to support an autistic person. Amaze wants to change that by building community understanding of how autism affects people and what they can do to help. To do this, we are asking autistic people and their families to tell us their own stories...

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Amaze announces more NDIS workshops and information sessions: sign up now!

forum Thursday 10th May, 2018: Amaze will be holding NDIS workshop and information sessions for the Casey, Mildura and Moonee Valley areas. Follow the links below for detailed information, including dates, times and registration instructions. Casey NDIS Information Session Mildura NDIS Information Session Mildura NDIS Workshop Series Moonee Valley NDIS Workshop Series Strathbogie NDIS Information Session To attend other Amaze-run...

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Amaze New Chair : Judy Brewer

AMAZE_wTAG_POS_CMYK Friday 27th April, 2018: The Amaze Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Judy Brewer AO as Chair of the Amaze Board. Judy is highly recognised as an outstanding leader and advocate for autism having devoted the last 20 years to driving change and elevating the needs of autistic people and their families to governments...

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Faeces in a pill as autism therapy: Amaze responds

Young attractive female scientist holding a red transparent pill Thursday 12th April, 2018: Media outlets are quick to leap on stories about supposed breakthrough therapies. Such stories, however, can be a trigger of false hope in the autism community – along with being damaging to autistic people at suggestions that they can be cured or prevented. Receiving an autism diagnosis can be a time of upheaval for a...

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Autism State Plan: Have your say in this survey about actions you want Government to take

Sarah Munnings: diagnosis was liberating. Thursday 12th April, 2018: A survey has been developed to seek the input of the broader autism community on possible actions the Government may consider in the development of the Autism State Plan. This includes autistic people, family members or friends of autistic people, carers of autistic people, and representatives of organisations or groups that support autistic people in Victoria....

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Behaviours of concern: participate in Amaze’s important survey

Sleepy boy sitting in bed Thursday 12th April, 2018: Amaze is surveying families of children with a disability about behaviours of concern. We invite you to do this survey. Behaviours of concern is when a person’s behaviour puts themselves or others at risk. We hope to learn more about these kind of behaviours and what parents do to help. The results will help us...

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Don’t miss: Amaze and SPELD’s autism and dyslexia forum

forum 8 Tuesday 10th April, 2018: Following the success of this event in 2017, Amaze & SPELD Victoria have come together to bring you a forum on autism and dyslexia. This forum is ideal for teachers needing to improve their understanding of autism and dyslexia, and for parents wanting to know more about how autism and dyslexia may impact on their...

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Amaze and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne announce sensory friendly experience

LDC-Sensory-Square.jpg lego land Tuesday 10th April, 2018: Amaze and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne have announced a sensory friendly LEGO experience for Sunday 29th April from 8am. Amaze has trained venue staff and consulted with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne to create a Social Script for the event. Special accommodations at the sensory friendly LEGO experience include reduction of sound and light levels in...

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