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Spectrospective 2017: share your story of autism

Spectrospective 2017: entries open Monday 13th February, 2017: Every story of autism is unique and important. That’s why it’s time to share, time to tell your story of autism. The Spectrospective film is our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2017) and is an incredible initiative that gives autistic people a voice and increases awareness and understanding about autism within the broader community....

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From the CEO: welcome to our new eSpectrum

sharkie Monday 13th February, 2017: I’m delighted to share our revamped eSpectrum e-newsletter with our Amaze community. We are always encouraged by the extent to which eSpectrum is read each fortnight and hope the new look enhances its readability and usefulness. eSpectrum will continue to provide the valuable information our community wants. We will report on what’s keeping Amaze busy...

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Win copy of Becoming Chief: How to lead your child’s special needs tribe

book 2 Capture Saturday 11th February, 2017: Becoming Chief: How to lead your child’s special needs tribe, is a great starting point for any parent of a child with a disability. This book, from Cathy Love, focuses on the importance of taking charge of your child’s needs by building a “tribe” of supporters around them as well as the family as a...

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My story: female rally champ inspires my little girl

molly Saturday 11th February, 2017: Molly Taylor recently became the first female winner of the Australian Rally Championship. In the process, she made an extraordinary impact on Ella Bibby, a girl on the autism spectrum. Ella’s mum, Jade, shares the story: “It was February 15, 2016, and we were sitting in the paediatrician’s office with our beautiful, five-year-old daughter Ella....

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He was non-verbal but became a respected public speaker. Here’s his incredible journey in comic form

Magro is a respected author and public speaker. Tuesday 31st January, 2017: He was non-verbal at two-and-a-half and diagnosed as being on the spectrum at four, but nothing was going to stop Kerry Magro from setting and achieving his life goals. An award-winning public speaker and best-selling author, Magro is a role model who’s mentored many young people. The Masters graduate from Seton Hall University and CEO...

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How my three autistic daughters demonstrate the vastness of the spectrum

mum and kids in field Wednesday 25th January, 2017: Jessica Offer, a contributor for The Mighty, offers some insightful thoughts on living with the spectrum: How many times have I heard the phrase, “She doesn’t look autistic to me”? Too many times to count, that’s how many. But here’s the thing: No two autistic people are the same. So once you’ve met one autistic...

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Girls and women on the spectrum: the emotional rollercoaster

Hermione: quintessential "aspie" girl. Wednesday 18th January, 2017: Dr Lori Ernsperger, a US expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder in girls and women, says many parents of girls on the spectrum experience an “emotional rollercoaster”. While they’re excited and celebrate their daughter’s developmental milestones, they become increasingly concerned and anxious over puzzling behaviours. “Obtaining an ASD diagnosis for a female can be very challenging,...

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What does spectrum mean to you? Comic busts some myths

as graph Sunday 8th January, 2017: Rebecca Burgess, a freelance artist and illustrator, is frustrated by the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. She has attempted to cut through the confusion by creating a comic explanation for the spectrum. Burgess maintains that the spectrum can be best described by dispensing with a linear autism spectrum image. She dismisses the notion...

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Amaze Launches Online Training

Learnseat Thursday 15th December, 2016: Amaze have now introduced an online training system through Learning Seat, an exciting new training tool allowing you to learn at your own pace. On completion of your training you will be sent certification of your newly acquired skills. Our Autism Spectrum Diagnosis & History – 1 hour online training course is now open for...

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Early Days ‘My Child and autism’ workshops with translators

tea-party-300x200 Wednesday 14th December, 2016: Early Days Workshops are for parents and carers of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Amaze is available to run Early Days ‘My Child and autism’ workshop in 2017 with translators. Last year we held one for the  Vietnamese community. If you are working with CALD clients with a child who has been diagnosed with...

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We went All In! VAC 2016 our most inclusive conference yet

ThankyouVAC2016 Tuesday 13th September, 2016: On behalf of Amaze and our major event sponsors Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, Autism CRC and Northland, we would like to thank every single person that helped make All In VAC 2016 the best, and most inclusive Amaze autism conference yet. Our Keynote Speaker Steve Silberman summarised the praise the event has received really well...

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Driving Change: Amaze Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people on the autism spectrum

Capture 1 Wednesday 1st June, 2016: Following an extensive consultation process with the Victorian autism community, Amaze has developed its submission into the current Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people on the autism spectrum. This is the most extensive submission developed in Amaze’s history, including 54 recommendations to ultimately improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum....

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The Amaze online shop has now closed

news post image Wednesday 11th May, 2016: Thank you to our community for supporting the Amaze online shop for a number of years. We have made the decision to close the online shop and will no longer be selling Amaze products. However, if you’re hosting a fundraising event and require Amaze merchandise please get in touch with the fundraising team on: fundraising@amaze.org.au

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Walking Our Talk: Welcoming Three New Board and Committee Members

appointments for homepage Wednesday 4th May, 2016:   (L to R) Rachel McNamara, Paul Goddard and Karen Firth.   Amaze is including people on the autism spectrum in key governance roles by appointing three new members to the Board of Governance and its Committees. Chair of the Amaze Board, Jane Evans, said Amaze was ‘walking our talk’ on inclusion by creating more...

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The Victorian Autism Conference officially launches

VAC Website 2 Friday 22nd April, 2016:                   We are extremely excited to announce that the Victorian Autism Conference has officially launched and is open for registrations. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of ALL IN with a person with a lived experience in every session at the conference and striving to...

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Have Your Say – Hospital Experiences for Children on the Autism Spectrum

ANMF-logo Friday 15th April, 2016: Going to the hospital can be a difficult time for children and their families. When the child is on the autism spectrum, there are additional concerns and challenges to consider. Amaze and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (VIC Branch) want to know more about the experiences of children on the autism spectrum when they...

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Amaze New Wandering Resource

wandaCapture Wednesday 23rd March, 2016: Amaze is very proud to release our new resource, Wandering in People on the Autism Spectrum: A best practice guide for those caring for people on the autism spectrum. When a person on the autism spectrum has a tendency to wander, this can cause anxiety for families, carers and professionals. Amaze has worked in collaboration...

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Spectrospective – host your own fundraising event!

AMZ_013_2016---Spectrospective---AMAZE-WEBSITE_HOME_ASSETS_WAAD_FA_400x260 Thursday 17th March, 2016:   Thank you to everyone who submitted a video entry for Spectrospective 2016! We are currently in the process of creating the short film that will be shown on World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2 April. We are now asking you to help be part of spreading awareness and understanding of autism by screening...

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Response to the recent media reporting on autism

letter Friday 22nd January, 2016: The Australian – Letter to the editor – 21/1/16 – re: recent reporting on autism The recent series of articles published in The Australian on the topic of autism have caught the attention of many of us, but not for the right reasons. We need to stop viewing people on the autism spectrum as a...

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The Victorian Autism Conference 2016 – Save the date!

save-the-date Tuesday 19th January, 2016: The Victorian Autism Conference 2016 will be held on 1-2 September 2016. We aim to attract more people on the autism spectrum as presenters and attendees than ever before. The conference will be held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. We aim to create a genuinely autism-friendly environment. Stay tuned for further information.

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