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7 ways to make Christmas more manageable for an autistic person

7 Ways Web Friday 14th December, 2018: Written by Amaze employee and autistic adult Joel Wilson Christmas can be a stressful time of year. It’s also very overwhelming trying to find what works best for you, your child, or the autistic people around you. There is no lost that will make everything stress-free, but I’ve tried my best to share my experiences...

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Act for Autism forum: the wrap-up

Act for Autism Panel Tuesday 20th November, 2018: On Monday 12 November, Amaze held the first ever State election forum on autism, Act for Autism. Watch it here Co-hosted by Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, the I-CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs, and moderated by Walkley Award-winning journalist Louise Milligan, the forum brought together the Autism spokespeople from the Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties...

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Autism community reacts to state election forum

community reacts Wednesday 14th November, 2018: On Monday 12 November 2018, Amaze hosted an autism state election forum with panelists from all four major parties: Labor, Liberal, The Greens and Reason Party. Here’s how the autism community reacted: *Please note that Amaze will be publishing a summary of the forum later this week. I wasn’t convinced by any of the parties...

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What’s election day like for an autistic person?

Prue featured image Tuesday 13th November, 2018: Written by Amaze employee and autistic adult Joel Wilson In the lead up to the Victoria state election 2018, I interviewed my Amaze colleague and autistic woman Prue Stevenson about voting accessibility for autistic people. Joel Wilson: Have you voted in a state or Federal election before? Prue Stevenson: Yes. I don’t think I’ve missed...

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Victorian Election Autism Forum on 12 Nov

Featured Image Thursday 1st November, 2018: Please join Amaze, Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, I CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs for a special Victorian State Election autism forum. 12 November, 2018 from 6–7.30pm  State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room (Entry 5 on LaTrobe St) Representatives from Victorian Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties to attend Tickets are free – register here Since...

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We are not the voice of our disabled child. Please don’t claim to be able to read your child’s mind. Instead, be a communication partner to help your child make their voice heard

voice Wednesday 24th October, 2018: First published on the Firefly blog If you have a child with a disability, you’re certain to run into the cheerful declaration: “you are your child’s voice”. You can find it on t-shirts, coffee mugs, jewellery and many, many memes and blog posts. Every time I see it, I cringe. Let me make it clear: ...

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TV quiz star Anne Hegerty, praised for speaking candidly about autism, is headed to ‘snake-infested Australian jungle’ for reality series I’m a Celebrity…

Capture Anne Hegerty Wednesday 24th October, 2018: Anne Hegerty, best known as the hard-nosed Governess on quiz show The Chase, has won widespread praise for her candour in discussing the impact of being autistic. And it seems we’re about to learn a whole lot more about what makes the hugely intelligent Hegerty tick. The UK media reports that Hegerty is about to...

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Parents of picky eaters hear this all the time: ‘She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough’. Here are some diet solutions

Young boy applies Hand Over Mouth technique to avoid lunch Sunday 21st October, 2018: If you’re the parent of an autistic child, there’s every chance you’ve heard plenty of well-intentioned, but unhelpful advice when it comes to picky eating. Do any of these comments sound familiar? “She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough.” “Give him to me for a week. I’ll get him to eat.” “She doesn’t have a problem...

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Escape the hustle and bustle: Amaze joins forces with Parks Victoria and Jells Park for new social script

Jells Park website Capture Friday 19th October, 2018: Amaze has forged a fantastic relationship with Parks Victoria to increase the accessibility of its parks for autistic people. The social script resources for autistic people and families have photographs and simple text to show people what they may see and experience during a visit to a park. Jells Park is the 5th park to...

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Zac’s a happy kid who loves swimming & soccer. He’s come a long way since his parents felt scared about his autism diagnosis

Josepg Buttigieg, fiona Sharkie, Zach Klassen, dad Damien Klassen, sister Jacinta. Tour de Office, 2018 Wednesday 17th October, 2018: Moving house can be a stressful experience for any family. For the Klassens, the transition from Sydney to Melbourne came with the added concern about how their children would settle into an unfamiliar environment. Parents Christy and Damien were acutely aware that 12-year-old autistic son Zac, who attends Yarraville Special Development School, would need extra...

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Amaze secures education expert and human rights advocate Charie Roberts for Autism Regional Roadshow events in Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Wodonga and Bendigo

Charie Roberts, crop, Bairnsdale Roadshow 2018_edited Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze has secured the talents of Charie Roberts for its Autism Regional Roadshows. Charie is a qualified adult educator with extensive experience in vocational education and has worked in both primary and secondary schools as a disability and autism specialist with a focus on inclusive practices. “I have a strong commitment to human rights and...

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How do you know when it’s autism and when it’s a personality trait? Australian screening test hailed as ‘most successful in world’

Barbaro website Thursday 11th October, 2018: Autism is widely misunderstood, a fact made glaringly apparent when Amaze this year released Community Attitudes and Lived Experience of Autism research. The findings reveal nearly all Australians (98%) have heard of autism, and 86% of people have contact with an autistic person. One in five people has an autistic friend, and one in four has...

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Watch The Birthday Party: a film to help educators, health care workers and parents identify autism signs in children

The Birthday Party website pic Thursday 11th October, 2018: This film has been designed to help professionals working in education, health-care and social services to identify the signs of autism in children. We also think it could be a valuable resource for anyone, including parents, to gain additional insight into autism. The film is designed to be a supplement to a training session. No background...

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This week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears: Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by TV

Joel Wilson, 2018 Thursday 11th October, 2018: A scene in this week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears. Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by what he sees on TV, and that includes everything from real-life news to fictional dramas. The Good Doctor episode includes a plotline where Lea’s back. However, Shaun is not happy. He continues...

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Sensory-friendly design enters the classroom: any setting can be retrofitted to improve its sensory environment 

Sensory-friendly classroom Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze last month released a research report revealing that the education system is failing autistic students in Australia. Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly. In response to the report’s...

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Amaze announces free Autism Regional Roadshows for October and November: sign up now 

Charie Roberts, crop, Bairnsdale Roadshow 2018_edited Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze has announced a roadshow to six regional centres through October and November, providing local communities with much-needed information on the services and support available to them. The autism communities of Geelong, Ballarat, Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Wodonga and Bendigo are invited to a free, one-day information forum in their area to hear from experts in the fields of...

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Gain free entry to Collingwood Children’s Farm and access Amaze’s social script for ‘a real farm in the city’

greg at Collingwood Farm Tuesday 9th October, 2018: Amaze has joined forces with Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra City Council to create a social script for one of Melbourne’s great attractions. The aim is to help visitors feel comfortable and excited about their trip to the farm. Schools and parents/carers can download the social script before visiting the farm to prepare their students, children...

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Amaze delivers damning report card: The Australian education system is failing autistic students

Judy Brewer, Amaze Chair, Community attiudes launch 25-9-18 Monday 8th October, 2018: Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly, according to ground-breaking research. The research report – commissioned by Amaze, Victoria’s peak body for autistic people and their families, by the Social...

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Blake, who aims for a career in forensic science, tells how he thrives at his autism-inclusive school

Melinda and Blake Livera, Community Attitudes 2 launch 25-9-18 Tuesday 25th September, 2018: Victorian schools are failing when it comes to supporting autistic students. Amaze’s latest research shows that only 13 per cent of Victorian schools have an effective process for dealing with the bullying of autistic students and only 19 per cent adjust their sensory environment. However, there are schools, such as St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School,...

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Case study: “Inclusive education is an ingrained part of our school culture — a happy and safe place for all”

good shep Capture Tuesday 25th September, 2018: By Mary Demosthenous, Learning Diversity Leader at the School of the Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park. “My role is working together with staff, families and students with disability to support inclusive practices. We are a catholic school of 356 students – we make adjustments for approximately 65 students with a disability, 28 of which are students with...

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