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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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Love them and let them go: confronting your parental instincts

doctor best and son sam Capture Thursday 17th August, 2017: The ABC’s Australian Story recently featured the tale of a couple who decided to take an unorthodox approach to challenging their autistic son. Just as 14-year-old Sam was entering adolescence, his family insisted he embark on a six-month backpacking trip around Africa with his father, Dr James Best. This would not be overly noteworthy if...

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Aladdin’s magical, autism-friendly performance

best volunteers IMG_8912 Thursday 17th August, 2017: All of us at Amaze want to express huge thanks to those who attended the August 12 autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical. Also thanks to Disney for partnering with us to make the event possible and to the fantastic volunteer team, pictured with Michael James Scott (Genie), Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) and Hiba...

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Celebrity chef Evans makes claims on diet and autism: experts respond

Mixture of healthy foods on wooden background Thursday 3rd August, 2017: From the moment a child is diagnosed with autism, Professor Andrew Whitehouse writes, their family enters the unknown. Professor Whitehouse, who directs the Autism Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute and is Chief Research Officer for Autism Cooperative Research Centre, describes a world where conference halls are lined with salespeople, letterboxes are stuffed with...

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CEO: Your participation in our survey is vital to Amaze’s work

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 3rd August, 2017: One of Amaze’s most important roles is to ensure the voices and needs of autistic people and their families and carers are heard so that change can occur to improve the quality of their lives. We can only achieve that by collecting your stories, seeking out your opinions, and responding to your priorities for action....

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Melbourne IT experts boost career prospects of people on spectrum

Image of man's hands typing. Selective focus Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Two IT experts are helping boost the career prospects for autistic people through an innovative new software testing program. EPIC Testability Academy (ETA) is the brainchild of Dr Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman, both of whom are passionate about increasing workplace diversity while filling a gap in their sector. They speak with excitement about joining...

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Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical: time’s running out to take this magic carpet ride

featurecrop aladdin Aladdin crop Spread 36-37_ART Si Mel Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Going to a theatrical event can be difficult for children on the autism spectrum. It’s why the creation of an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical, has been greeted so enthusiastically by the Victorian autism community. This specially adapted performance in Melbourne will be suitable for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families,...

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Hello! Are you the champion we’re looking for?

marathon, istock Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Over the years Amaze has been fortunate to have many champions running, swimming or cycling and raising vital funds to support us and shape the future of autism. Are you the new champion we’re looking for? Whether you are young or old, a world record holder or professional couch potato, will you take up the...

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Autism therapies and supports: top tips and avoiding the traps

Girl receiving osteopathic treatment of her head Thursday 20th July, 2017: When it comes to autism, media outlets are quick to respond to stories about “breakthrough therapies”. One of the most recent reports revolved around an autism study in the US, which captured headlines because participants supposedly showed “dramatic behavioural improvements after receiving a dose of a single drug”. It was suggested that children in the...

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From the CEO: Amaze inspired by response to our world-first research project

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 20th July, 2017: I have stated previously in this column that a key strategic goal of Amaze is to change attitudes and behaviours of governments, the private sector and the community in general so that they better understand, engage with and accept autistic people. Preliminary polling conducted by Amaze last year revealed that more than half the population had,...

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Make a run for it and support Amaze

Jonathon (son) and Check (father) Tan, Run 4 the Kids, 2017. IMG_6469 Thursday 20th July, 2017: Amaze places a huge value on its many supporters in the community. One of those supporters is Jonathon Tan, who loves his job 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 he loves his job, but...

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Amaze launches autism training events: book now

Business coach. Thursday 20th July, 2017: Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and other training opportunities. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have six training events across three topics available for the public to book. Early Childhood –...

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Ultimate holiday survival guide: travel ideas and tips to reduce stress

Family Road Trip C Thursday 6th July, 2017: For some, the holiday period is the stuff of dreams. It can be a time of quiet reflection, catching up on the pile of books you’ve been meaning to read, or heading for fun in the sun or snow fields. For others, holidays can turn out to be less fun than a root canal procedure....

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NAIDOC Week: Amaze’s commitment to Indigenous communities

There's wide consultation in the creation of programs. Thursday 6th July, 2017: It’s significant that the NAIDOC Week theme for 2017, Our Languages Matter, is about communication. Amaze acknowledges the unique role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. We also reaffirm our commitment...

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CEO: Why NAIDOC Week resonates so strongly with Amaze

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 6th July, 2017: It’s NAIDOC Week and I encourage you to join the Amaze team in celebrating and reflecting on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At the beginning of the week, NITV news presenter Natalie Ahmat offered great personal insight into the meaning of the occasion. She wrote that it was...

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Education: A journey that starts with love

China main apture Thursday 6th July, 2017: Amaze has joined forces with the Australian China Education Foundation (ACEF) to boost awareness and understanding of autism in Victoria’s Chinese community. At a function at Manningham Community Square, State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy acknowledged the collaborative work Amaze and ACEF are doing in translating and adapting information and resources related to autism. A key...

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Hanson controversy around autistic students: Amaze responds

Ready to start the education Thursday 22nd June, 2017: One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson created enormous controversy when she this week told parliament students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms. “These kids have a right to an education by all means,” Senator Hanson said. “But if there is a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be…...

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Taking the trauma out of a hospital visit: social script

aaaahospital2Capture Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Amaze is committed to promoting meaningful access and participation for all. It’s why, In April, we made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Delivery of Outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020, to build inclusive and accessible communities. People on the autism spectrum can face a range...

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CEO: Parliamentary Inquiry a big win for our community, but what’s next?

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development committee tabled its 400-page report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of an 18 month long inquiry. We’re delighted to see its arrival and want to share this day with you. You may recall Amaze made a submission to the Inquiry...

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Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people: what you need to know

Asian Caucasian mixed race family sitting on grass in a park Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee tabled its report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of a 18 month long inquiry, with the Committee receiving over 150 submissions, 11 hearings with over 120 witnesses, a number of site visits and an overseas study tour. The report...

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