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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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Win books including All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

funny evil gray striped cat Thursday 27th April, 2017: Neurodiversity scholar John Elder Robison has long been a fan of author Kathy Hoopmann. He says Hoopmann’s books, including All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, “have always put a smile on my face, even as they’ve explained complex and scary issues”. Author, public speaker and psychologist Tony Attwood adds: “There is...

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Prue’s feet-first approach to art and autism

prue dominik 2 Capture Monday 24th April, 2017: A huge canvas, black paint, bare feet and a black belt in taekwondo. Bring them together and you have Expend, a powerful art work that involves Prue Stevenson dipping her bare feet in paint and delivering hundreds of taekwondo “axe” kicks to a stretched canvas mounted on a gallery wall. This is not just a compelling...

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Aussie prisoners train assistance dogs for children on spectrum

Capture, ABC Wednesday 12th April, 2017: ABC Sunshine Coast: By Kylie Bartholomew:   It would appear to be the most unlikely source of dog trainers but a pilot program in Queensland has had overwhelming success with inmates training special needs assistance dogs. Dogs Hank and Hope were the first of six graduates from the pilot program at the Maryborough Correctional Centre,...

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From the CEO: Your voice critical to NDIS success

FionaSharkie2017 Wednesday 12th April, 2017: Autistic participants are the largest single diagnostic group within the National Disability Insurance Scheme so it’s crucial the NDIS is fully rolled out and sustainable into the long term – to support autistic Australians across their lifetime. We all need to work together to ensure the vision of a better life for all people with...

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Read: Amaze’s submission to NDIS cost inquiry

Customer Satisfaction Business Quality Feedback Wednesday 12th April, 2017: Amaze in March launched a survey seeking important feedback about our community’s experience of the NDIS. If you completed the survey, we want to thank you and also let your know that your voices have been included in our submission to the Productivity Commission’s NDIS Cost Inquiry. The submission includes 30 recommendations to make the...

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Encore screenings of Spectrospective at Village!

encorre Wednesday 12th April, 2017: If you missed Spectrospective: Stories of Autism 2017 at Village on April 2, don’t panic! Village will screen Spectrospective and Disney favourite Moana on April 22 and April 23. With tickets from only $5, invite family and friends to a Sensory Friendly Film Session near you. BOOK TICKETS

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Girls & autism: Ella’s race for understanding

Stefan Postles, Emma pic Wednesday 12th April, 2017: By Miki Perkins, first published in The Age:    First, it was the clothes Ella’s parents noticed. The little girl would tell her parents nothing fitted quite right; she wanted her shoes and clothes to feel “tighter”. For her birthday, the six-year-old asked for Barbie dolls, and pink, sparkly clothing she’d noticed other girls wearing. But the...

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Senators quote Amaze for World Autism Awareness Day

Parliament House Wednesday 29th March, 2017: In a rare show of unity, political parties have come together for a Notice of Motion regarding World Autism Awareness Day. On Wednesday, senators Carol Brown (ALP), Rachel Siewert (Greens) and Linda Reynolds (Liberal) moved that the Senate: a) Notes that: a. Sunday 2 April 2017 is the ninth anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day;...

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Mum’s photos of son capture “beauty and challenges of autism”

millerwilson Capture Wednesday 29th March, 2017: Photographer Kate Miller-Wilson takes photos of her son Eian every day. About a year ago, she began a photo series to communicate her son’s “unique and magical perspective” as someone on the autism spectrum. Loving someone on the spectrum Sometimes, she’ll find a photo she took of her 10-year-old son Eian that speaks to her...

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Does your child on the spectrum wander? Online course

Toddler girl holding hands with her father Wednesday 29th March, 2017: Amaze, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has launched a free online training module for parents of children who wander. This training will introduce you to positive behaviour support as a method to manage wandering behaviour.   This on-line course covers: Wandering & behaviours of concern Positive behaviour support How to use positive behaviour support...

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Spectrospective 2017: Don’t miss Sunday’s big-screen premiere

newest crop Wednesday 29th March, 2017: Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 by attending a Village Cinema for the big screen, sensory friendly premiere of Spectrospective 2017. Spectrospective, Amaze’s contribution to Awareness Day, will screen as a double feature with the new DreamWorks hit The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is about a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby who pairs up...

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