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Hanson controversy around autistic students: Amaze responds

Ready to start the education Thursday 22nd June, 2017: One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson created enormous controversy when she this week told parliament students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms. “These kids have a right to an education by all means,” Senator Hanson said. “But if there is a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be…...

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Taking the trauma out of a hospital visit: social script

aaaahospital2Capture Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Amaze is committed to promoting meaningful access and participation for all. It’s why, In April, we made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Delivery of Outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020, to build inclusive and accessible communities. People on the autism spectrum can face a range...

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CEO: Parliamentary Inquiry a big win for our community, but what’s next?

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development committee tabled its 400-page report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of an 18 month long inquiry. We’re delighted to see its arrival and want to share this day with you. You may recall Amaze made a submission to the Inquiry...

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Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people: what you need to know

Asian Caucasian mixed race family sitting on grass in a park Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee tabled its report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of a 18 month long inquiry, with the Committee receiving over 150 submissions, 11 hearings with over 120 witnesses, a number of site visits and an overseas study tour. The report...

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INQUIRY HIGHLIGHTS THE URGENT NEED TO CLOSE THE GAP FOR AUTISTIC VICTORIANS

Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Amaze, the peak body for autistic people and their families in Victoria, welcomes the release of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people on the autism spectrum. The report highlights the inequity that autistic Victorians face every day – from gaining employment, going to school, accessing services and support they require, to facing ongoing...

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CEO: Why your participation in this short survey is vital to our work at Amaze

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 8th June, 2017: I believe one of the most important roles for Amaze is to ensure the voices and needs of autistic people and their families and carers are heard so that change can occur to improve the quality of their lives. In the past few years we’ve been increasing our efforts to collect the stories, seek out...

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Fidget fad arouses discrimination anger

spinna Capture Thursday 8th June, 2017: I’m angry about the sudden popularity of fidget spinners, but probably not for the reasons you think. I’m not mad that they’re disruptive in class, or obnoxiously trendy. I’m furious because of what they reveal about societal power structures, and the pathologising of disabled people by non-disabled persons. Autistic people (and others with developmental disabilities) have...

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Are you NDIS ready? Amaze’s new online resource will guide you

View from above of young man, using laptop, seated on chair Thursday 1st June, 2017: Evidence suggests there is a lot of confusion among National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and carers when preparing for their planning meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It’s a reason Amaze is proud to launch its NDIS Readiness Resource. Amaze’s NDIS Readiness Resource gives participants a chance to work through a checklist, identify and...

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CEO: Closing the gap in educational outcomes for autistic students.

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 25th May, 2017: It’s Education Week, a theme of `Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’. The goal of the week is to profile the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s education sector, with the theme of ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ supporting the education system’s target of `Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids’. When it comes to autistic students, the education system has...

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Sister acts for autism understanding: Chloe’s story

Passionate fund-raiser Chloe. Thursday 25th May, 2017: A teacher at Geelong’s Christian College describes Chloe Lamb as “passionate and extremely capable”. Chloe is also someone with a strong social conscience, illustrated when she set out to increase understanding about autism through a fund-raiser for Amaze. The school says she “wowed all of the staff and students” with a presentation on autism where...

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Choosing a mainstream school for a child on the autism spectrum: what you need to know

Drawing together Thursday 25th May, 2017: There’s no better time than Education Week to think about your child’s schooling. If you’d like to enrol your child in a mainstream school, or change schools, it’s worth remembering that cut off dates may be determined on a school by school basis. Do you want to apply for the Program for Students with Disabilities...

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Transition to Secondary School Forum: guest speakers announced

hnads of students Thursday 18th May, 2017: Amaze has announced a Transition to Secondary School Forum, ideal for parents and teachers, for May 23. The forum is designed for: Parents of children in Year 6 transitioning to secondary school in 2018 Teachers looking for ideas on how to support transition Topics covered: The what, how and when of conversations with school School...

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Amaze collaborates with parents on autism spectrum for ground-breaking resource

family spend quality time together Thursday 11th May, 2017: Amaze has broken new ground with the launch of its Parenting Skills Guide for Autistic Parents. This online resource, developed by Amaze in collaboration with people on the autism spectrum and in partnership with the Raising Children Network, is for parents on the autism spectrum raising children aged 0 to 11 years who aren’t on the...

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CEO: Proud of our new Parenting Skills Guide

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 11th May, 2017: Amaze is committed to delivering credible, evidence-based resources for those on the autism spectrum, their families, friends and supporters. It’s a reason we are proud to launch our Parenting Skills Guide for Autistic Parents. This is an important, first-of-its-kind project _ an online resource developed by Amaze in partnership with the Raising Children Network and...

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Building autism-friendly environments: Amaze submission

museum Thursday 11th May, 2017: Amaze has made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into building inclusive and accessible communities. In Amaze’s submission, we advocate strongly for changes to our built environment so they are more inclusive and accessible to autistic people. There are a number of recommendations that outline how simple changes to existing standards...

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Classroom ban on fidget spinners: Amaze responds

fidget spinner Capture Thursday 11th May, 2017: Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer from Florida, must be bemoaning the fact that the fidget spinner craze didn’t begin 20 years ago. Hettinger had created the toy, which sells from between $2 to $90, when she saw young boys throwing rocks at police officers in Israel. She wanted to find a way to distract children...

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Growing with autism: APAC 17′s ‘whole lifespan’ agenda

nnnnaapac pic Thursday 11th May, 2017: ‘Growing with autism’ is the theme for the 2017 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, reflecting the shift in autism research and practice to look beyond the early childhood and school years and focus on the whole lifespan for people on the spectrum. The conference brings together people on the spectrum and their family members, service providers,...

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Amaze appoints new Chair: Shannon Eeles

eeles 2 Thursday 27th April, 2017: Shannon Eeles was last night appointed the new Chair of Amaze. The appointment follows the resignation of Jane Evans, who has stepped down after four years of tireless effort and commitment. Shannon joined the Amaze board in 2012 and had been Deputy Chair since 2013. Shannon has many years of experience working in the autism...

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From the CEO: Amaze launches world-first research study

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 27th April, 2017: A key strategic goal of Amaze is to change attitudes and behaviours of governments, the private sector and the community in general so that they better understand, engage with and accept autistic people. Preliminary polling conducted by Amaze last year revealed that more than half the population had, or have had, a personal connection with autism...

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Autism and fussy eaters: strategies for parents

Young boy applies Hand Over Mouth technique to avoid lunch Thursday 27th April, 2017: If you’re the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, 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...

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