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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

Wandering Resource Cover Image THUMBNAIL Wednesday 23rd March, 2016: Amaze is very proud to release our new resource, Wandering in People on the Autism Spectrum: A best practice resource 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...

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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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Sensitive Santa is Back!

Sensitive Santa Thursday 26th November, 2015: Sensitive Santa is making a return to selected shopping centres. Every child should have the opportunity to meet Santa and have their photo taken. Sensitive Santas are trained to communicate with children on the autism spectrum in a sensory-friendly way. There is no background music, queues or spotlights. The Sensitive Santa program was created to provide...

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Amaze and Autism CRC announce new partnership

IMG_0824 Thursday 26th November, 2015: Amaze and Autism CRC announce new partnership The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) is pleased to announce that Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) has become a Participant within the CRC. Announced at their Annual General Meeting on November 25, Amaze will join 50 participants, across Australia and internationally, working collaboratively to transform...

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Changes to Disability Services in Victoria – Have Your Say!

pensive lady Friday 13th November, 2015: Amaze has heard from the community that the disability services people have been using may have recently changed, been reduced or ended. We want to hear from you if you are in Victoria and have experienced any changes. Please take this short survey to have your say. We know that disability services can be difficult...

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Amaze Submission to the Victorian Government Review of the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

school help Wednesday 28th October, 2015: Amaze developed a formal submission focused on the specific educational needs of students on the autism spectrum as part of the Victorian Government’s review of the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD). In September, Amaze requested feedback from the community regarding their experiences of the schooling in Victoria. As a result of this feedback and...

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New Amaze Board Members- Make Your Nomination

Empty Conference Room Friday 25th September, 2015: NOMINATIONS FOR THE BOARD ARE NOW CLOSED.  Amaze is calling for nominations for 3 new board directors to be appointed at its Annual General Meeting on November 25 2015. The Amaze board is a skills-based board that provides oversight to achieving Amaze’s new Strategic Directions to 2040 the plan’s deliverables and outcomes. Directors are skilled...

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NDIS Roll-out Announced for Victoria

NSW-VIC-slide Friday 18th September, 2015: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Daniel Andrews have signed an agreement outlining the next steps in rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria. Following the trail in the Barwon region which began in July 2013, the NDIS will be rolled-out across Victoria over the next three years. From July 2016: North...

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2015 Review of the Program for Students with Disabilities

Have Your Say Wednesday 2nd September, 2015: THE REVIEW IS NOT TAKING ANY MORE SUBMISSIONS – FINAL DAY WAS FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2015.  Have your say! The Governments review of the Program for Students with Disabilities The Victorian Government is currently reviewing the Program for Students with a Disability (PSD), with looking to see if it is meeting the specific needs of...

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Amaze New Strategic Plan – Amaze Strategic Directions to 2040

Amaze New Strategic Document Friday 7th August, 2015: Amaze has launched its new strategic plan – Amaze Strategic Directions to 2040. Amaze commenced working on its strategic plan in October 2014, after having surveyed members and other stakeholders in the autism community about how they felt we were performing. (Read more about the Stakeholder Survey here.) The feedback we received was extremely valuable.As a...

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Lion King – Autism-Friendly Performance – Sat 8 August

Simba Thursday 11th June, 2015: Autism Awareness Australia and Disney have partnered to bring this special autism-friendly performance of THE LION KING to Melbourne! The show is on Saturday, 8 August 2015 at 1.30pm at the Regent Theatre. The show has already been on in Brisbane and Sydney, and has been a huge success. This specially adapted performance is suitable for people on...

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Consultations Taking Place on Disability Employment Framework

disability-employment-framework-image-900x600 Wednesday 3rd June, 2015: The Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) announced last week that they are running a series of public forums around Australia for everyone with an interest in disability employment. A Melbourne Forum is taking place next Thursday, 11 June. The forums will provide an update on the work of the Taskforce and provide the opportunity...

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Planning Your Future under the NDIS

Planning Friday 29th May, 2015: Amaze will be helping people plan for their future under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We are proud to be working with a number of other disability organisations across Australia on this project, which is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). NDIS Planning – Easy English Version of this information The NDIA...

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