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Autism and mental health: the urgent need for more service and resources

A close-up of a head of a Phrenology sculpture Thursday 12th October, 2017: October 10 was World Mental Health Day, sparking a week in which we aim to raise awareness of mental health and bring understanding to the part it plays in so many lives. One in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma. The estimated prevalence of mental health...

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Amaze CEO: Why our police must be trained in autism

Emergency vehicle lighting Thursday 12th October, 2017: It was a story met with community outrage. Video showed Victoria Police officers restraining a child _ the boy doubled over on the ground as the officers held him down. ‘I can’t let him kick people’ One officer says: “This is ridiculous, you’re not going to hurt my members or me, OK? … Shut up, you...

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Carers Week special: mums, dads write from the heart

rob gorski Capture Thursday 12th October, 2017: National Carers Week (October 15-21) sets out to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of carers. Amaze is well aware of the extraordinary work done by carers in our community, so we thought it an appropriate time to share some insights from people who are carers, or rely heavily on carers, in their daily lives....

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Have you got your ticket to Amaze’s Autism in Women & Girls Forum for Friday 20th October?

elise muller i can Capture Monday 9th October, 2017: The needs of autistic women and girls is a subject we’ve been hearing more and more about in recent years. With good reason. Autism has been growing over the past decade _ Amaze’s most recent polling showed that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. But 70% didn’t know that the number of...

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Amaze is thrilled to announce Olivia Hill for Autism & Employment Forum: book now!

Group of turtles swimming Sunday 1st October, 2017: For Elise Muller, going to school as an autistic student was “like living with a disability in an ableist society”. How she has come to embrace her autism and forge a career as a personal trainer and mentor makes Elise, 20, a great signing for Amaze’s Autism & Employment Forum on 8th November. Elise says:...

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Investigation into autism group home: Amaze responds to shock findings

ombudsman Capture Thursday 28th September, 2017: Victoria’s ombudsman has found that a teenager who allegedly sexually assaulted a housemate several times in a disability group home posed a threat to residents for months because of authorities’ “shocking” failure to act. An ABC news report by Yvette Gray and Loretta Florance draws on deliberations from Ombudsman Deborah Glass, who says the housemate,...

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‘Aspie’ diagnosis of son slipped past world expert Tony Attwood: your response

attwood and will 22Capture Thursday 28th September, 2017: The much-lauded series Australian Story has a reputation for offering deep insight into those it profiles. That guaranteed Australia’s autism community would be watching in big numbers when the show explored the life of world-renowned clinical psychologist Professor Tony Attwood, who is credited with writing the “bible” on Asperger’s syndrome. Startling was Professor Attwood’s candour...

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Your chance to win this incredible Thomas the Tank Engine!

Thomas Thursday 28th September, 2017: Who’s that puffing down the track? It’s Thomas the Tank Engine and we’re hoping you can help us find him a new home and new friends and in the process raise money for a great cause! Buy your tickets here - https://www.rafflelink.com.au/thomas2017 Until recently, Thomas was much loved by a couple of autistic children in Melbourne,...

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What does spectrum mean to you? Comic busts some myths

as graph Wednesday 27th September, 2017: Rebecca Burgess, a freelance artist and illustrator, is frustrated by the way many people perceive autism. 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 that you’re...

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Have you got your ticket to our Autism in Women & Girls Forum for Friday 20th October?

elise muller i can Capture Thursday 21st September, 2017: The needs of autistic women and girls is a subject we’ve been hearing more and more about in recent years. With good reason. Autism has been growing over the past decade _ Amaze’s most recent polling showed that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. But 70% didn’t know that the number of...

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Autism, pregnancy and motherhood: special report says women overcome ‘systemic abuse’ to become great mums

bright-lights-at-the-end-the-hospital-corridor-the-concept-picture-id629429900 Thursday 14th September, 2017: Amaze’s most recent polling shows that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. Concerning, however, is that 70% of those polled did not know that the number of autistic females is increasing. Amaze recognises that understanding and acknowledgement of autistic women and the specific nature of their autism needs far greater exposure. At...

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Call on Government to accept recommendations: Join our campaign!

101 for espectrum signed Thursday 14th September, 2017: In 2015, the Victorian Family and Community Services Committee established a Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over 18 months the committee received over 150 submissions, and heard from over 120 witnesses at 11 hearings across Victoria. The final report was tabled in Parliament on June 22 and contains 101 recommendations...

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Up to three times more autistic people have savant abilities than previously thought

Business concepts. Thursday 14th September, 2017: Researchers from Autism Spectrum Australia believe new findings could have significant impact on perceptions of autistic people and their potential in the workforce. The researchers say up to three times more autistic people have special talents or “savant” abilities than previously thought. They add that identifying and nurturing that special talent at an early age...

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Enough of the autism stereotypes: new Aussie cabaret team debunks myths

website aspie hour Capture Wednesday 13th September, 2017: Everyone expects Ryan Smedley to be shy. It comes with the territory, he says, when people learn he has Asperger syndrome. Such misunderstandings are part of the reason he has joined forces with Sophie Smyth to form a cabaret show, The Aspie Hour. Graduates from Federation University’s Arts Academy, they explore their experiences with autism...

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TV quiz star’s battle for autism diagnosis: so much more must be done for girls and women

Cameraman in TV studio Thursday 31st August, 2017: TV viewers know her as The Governess, a formidable figure capable of reducing people to quivering wrecks with her icy stare. Away from the camera, a very different Anne Hegerty emerges. The star of TV quiz show The Chase is deeply passionate about an issue requiring immediate, sustained attention. Hegerty is well aware of the...

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Diversity is beautiful: a way to tell a child they’re autistic

espec image Capture Thursday 31st August, 2017: Erin Human _ yes, that is her real name _ says she subsists on coffee, chocolate, and pale ale. She also says, “I read a lot of books and I’m super psyched that being an introvert is trendy now. “I married a guy named Mike so I could get this cool last name and also...

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Your chance to change the way people think about disability: leadership program

Business Man Drawing Leadership Concept on Chalkboard Thursday 31st August, 2017: Do you want to be part of an exciting new program for people with disability to build your leadership skills and help to change the way people think about disability? The Disability Leadership Program is designed to empower people with disability to build their knowledge and confidence so they can take up leadership roles, speak...

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Father’s Day special: Dads of autistic kids share their inner-most thoughts

Childs Bond Wednesday 30th August, 2017: Rob Gorski says being dad to three autistic children can be a tough gig. This is not to invalidate the challenges of everyday parenting, but Gorski says being parent to autistic children is something all together different. He is adamant it has a unique set of struggles, joys, and triumphs. To coincide with Father’s Day,...

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‘Devastation’ as autistic students expelled from Vic state schools: Amaze responds

Chalkboard Punishment Monday 28th August, 2017: A report by the Victorian Ombudsman makes for distressing reading. The report, tabled in parliament on Monday, revealed more than 31 per cent of students expelled in 2016 have a disability or mental health issue. One of the cases profiled in the report was that of Daniel. At just seven years of age, AAP reports,...

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Neurodiverse and looking for work? Sign on here

Group of busy business people working in office, top view Thursday 17th August, 2017: Are you autistic and having trouble finding a job? If so, Northern Pictures would like to hear from you. The production company is making Employable Me, a documentary series for ABC Television featuring neurodiverse people who have found it challenging finding work that suits their skills and talents. “We want to show that (being neurodiverse) can...

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