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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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From the CEO: A message for World Autism Awareness Day

FionaSharkie2017 Wednesday 29th March, 2017: I want to send a celebratory message to all people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends ahead of World Autism Awareness Day this Sunday. For the last three months, we’ve been gearing up for WAAD and the release of our third Spectrospective film at 13 Village cinemas this Sunday morning at 11 o’clock....

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Spectrospective 2017: Inspired stories of autism

kaylaTOsend3 Wednesday 15th March, 2017: Amaze takes this opportunity to thank those who have submitted films for Spectrospective 2017. Entries have closed and work now begins on editing the submissions, which have delivered unique and brilliant stories of autism. Our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day, Spectrospective recognises that every story of autism is important and that by sharing yours...

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Strategies for when the “honeymoon period” ends for a child at school

Little boy during lesson with his speech therapist. Wednesday 15th March, 2017: If you’re the parent of a child who has returned to school after the summer break, there’s a chance you’re feeling a sense of relief. It’s natural to worry about how your child will manage the return to classroom routine, but you may have discovered your child’s transition from holidays to school has been smooth....

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Win double-passes to autism-friendly Pixar in Concert

woodybuzz Wednesday 15th March, 2017: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is breaking new ground with Pixar in Concert. On Saturday April 8, the MSO will become the first orchestra in Australia to present a concert in a “relaxed and autism- friendly” format. Pixar in Concert is a compilation of Pixar favourites showing on the big screen with the orchestra on the stage...

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From the CEO: Females on the spectrum and the need for change

FionaSharkie2017 Tuesday 14th March, 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. Awareness of women on the spectrum needs more...

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Does your child on the spectrum wander? Online training

children in wheat field Tuesday 7th 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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Is the NDIS meeting your needs? Take our survey

Business Quality Customer Survey Feedback Thursday 2nd March, 2017: Amaze today launches a survey seeking important feedback about our community’s experience of the NDIS. The survey is designed for NDIS participants, or people going through the NDIS planning process, and we want to hear about your experiences as the scheme rolls out across Victoria. Your responses will be used to inform Amaze’s ongoing advocacy, to...

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From the CEO: The NDIS should be above politics

FionaSharkie2017 Wednesday 1st March, 2017: The past fortnight has seen the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a topic of much national debate. As autistic participants are the largest diagnostic group within the scheme, it is vital that the NDIS is fully rolled out and sustainable into the long term – to support autistic Australians across their lifetime. I strongly believe...

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Embracing life on the spectrum: Jonathon’s story

jonathon tan at work, becca,  2017 Wednesday 1st March, 2017: Jonathon Tan is reveling in his role at the bustling Becca Foodstore. A focused Jonathon moves quickly, playing his part in ensuring the kitchen runs smoothly. Watching him work, it’s not just apparent that the 24-year-old loves his job, but also that he brings a humor to Becca that’s helped him establish a great rapport...

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Participate in Spectrospective: Time’s running out

spectro2017 Tuesday 28th February, 2017: Spectrospective offers a unique opportunity to tell your story of autism. Our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day, it recognises that every story of autism is important and that by sharing yours you are playing an important role in building community understanding and acceptance of life on the spectrum. In its third year, Spectrospective has broadened its...

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