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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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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)

Teachers do an incredible job of educating our children. 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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