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My autism diagnosis as an adult: ‘It was pretty scary, but also quite liberating’

Fiona Sharkie abc radio july 28 2018 Thursday 9th August, 2018: Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie was recently invited to speak on ABC radio about the diagnosis of autism in adults. Joining Fiona in the Southbank studio for the interview with Hilary Harper were Sarah Munnings and Paul Micallef, who had the following to say about their journey to diagnosis. Sarah: “I started looking into whether I...

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The transition from primary to secondary school can fill parents and children with fear: here’s what you need to know

school Capture Wednesday 8th August, 2018: The transition from primary to secondary school can be a deeply worrying time for both parents and children. This resource is designed to help parents and carers plan a successful start for their child at secondary school. It includes tips for creating a transition plan and a checklist of things to think about and discuss...

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Video games and autism: helpful or harmful?

Gaming game play video on tv or monitor. Gamer concept. Wednesday 8th August, 2018: Video gaming remains one of the most polarising forms of entertainment. A quick scan of media coverage on the topic reveals a lack of consensus, with reporting on the effects of gaming adopting either a strongly positive or negative stance. This can make navigating the world of video games, especially for someone who doesn’t play...

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Win the ultimate date night at magnificent Vue de Monde and raise vital autism funds

vue Tuesday 7th August, 2018: For over 50 years Amaze has been providing evidence-based information and support to autistic people and their families across Victoria. Each month over 20,000 people come to us looking for advice about autism and this raffle is to help Amaze continue with that work. Please buy a raffle ticket to support our work and ensure...

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Public Advocate Colleen Pearce honours Amaze’s ‘beautiful’ human rights goal

Public Advocate Award 2018 DSCF1833 Tuesday 7th August, 2018: Amaze is thrilled to have received the 2018 Public Advocate’s Award. In her acceptance speech, Amaze Chair Judy Brewer, AO, said: “As we stand here today receiving an award for advocacy, it’s important we also remember those who came before us… before there were opportunities to self-advocate”. Following is the Office of the Public Advocate’s...

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Stopping bullying in its tracks: how one teacher is said to have changed countless children’s lives

Students Answering Teacher Question Wednesday 25th July, 2018: A teacher is said to have found a great and simple way to stop bullying before it starts. Every Friday, this maths teacher asks her students to write down four names on a piece of paper _ the names of four classmates they would like to sit with the following week. They must also nominate...

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Parents and carers: Sign up for Amaze’s free Early Days Workshops

There's wide consultation in the creation of programs. Wednesday 25th July, 2018: Amaze’s Early Days Workshops are for parents and carers of young children (aged 0 – 6) who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or who are currently undergoing a diagnosis. Amaze facilitates these workshops in Victoria. Workshops are free for parents and carers. Burnside “My Child and Autism”- 3rd August “Understanding Behaviour (2 PARTS)”-...

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True grit: fundraisers stomp the stairs for Amaze at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 

mcg stomp 2 Capture Wednesday 25th July, 2018: It’s the ultimate stair climbing challenge. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the largest stadiums on the planet, boasting a seating capacity of 100,024. That’s a lot of seats, which means a lot of stairs. Stadium Stomp MCG offers the chance to nominate a charity, then climb your way up, down and around the...

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‘He holds hands and gives me cuddles now’: Son’s progress inspires mum’s Amaze fundraiser

mamma mia 2 fundraiser Fay Forde Wednesday 25th July, 2018: When Fay Forde’s son, Christopher, received his autism diagnosis, the family was “in a state of shock”. Assisting Fay greatly in navigating her way through the post-diagnosis phase was Amaze’s Autism Advisor Team. It prompted Fay to gather family and friends for a Mamma Mia 2 fundraiser at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre, with ticket sales resulting...

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How I experience and manage sensory overload

IMG_1802 Tuesday 17th July, 2018: Sensory experiences As someone who was born in Perth, spent four years living in regional Western Australia, and then moved to regional Victoria (where I’ve lived for the last 2 ½ years), coming to Melbourne can be really overwhelming for my sensory processing. Navigating through all the foot, road and public transport traffic can be...

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Amaze develops autism public education ideas for TV ads – and we need your feedback!

2af2d4f4-1c30-4929-bee3-5b2f46e9cd1e Monday 16th July, 2018: From Fiona Sharkie, CEO, Amaze Amaze is excited to be working on Australia’s first autism public education campaign strategy for the Victorian government. Many autistic people and their families have told the government that there is a need for the wider community to better understand how autism impacts people and what they can do to...

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‘I don’t cry easily’: Amaze CEO sheds tears over donation to build understanding of autism

CFMEU 3 LH2dFGzg Monday 16th July, 2018: Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie has made an emotion-charged appearance at a CFMEU Vic-Tas barbecue, where she was presented with a cheque in support of the work we do in raising understanding and influencing positive change for autistic people, their supporters and families. CFMEU Vic-Tas generously raised over $50,000, a donation, our CEO said, that will have a significant...

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Amaze’s Sensitive Storytime Sessions coming to a library near you

SSL Friday 29th June, 2018: Amaze is proud to announce that its Sensitive Storytime Sessions resource has been included as part of the Public Libraries Victoria Network’s training for librarians. Amaze’s work means that Victorian libraries will now be more sensitive to sensory needs and easier to attend for autistic children and their families. The news was announced at a...

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Amaze thrilled to receive 2018 Public Advocate’s Award

Public Advocate Award 2018 DSCF1833 Tuesday 26th June, 2018: Amaze is thrilled to announce that the Office of the Public Advocate has recognised our work by presenting us with the 2018 Public Advocate’s Award. The award, including a work by autistic artist Adrian Segon, is in recognition of outstanding service to people with disability. Amaze Chair Judy Brewer, AO, has devoted 20 years to...

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Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club does an Amazing thing

Kangaroo Flat fundraiser Picture1 Thursday 21st June, 2018: Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club has been applauded for hosting matches to raise awareness and acceptance of autism. Senior footballers and A-Grade netballers wore alternate uniforms on the day, with a luncheon, guest speakers and fundraising activities making the event hugely successful. Kangaroo Flat FNC president Scott Mitchell and event coordinator Jason Stevens presented a...

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Win tickets to relaxed performance of the spectacular Circus Oz show, Precarious

Circus Oz apture Thursday 21st June, 2018: Amaze has a ticket give-away for a relaxed performance of the spectacular Circus Oz show Precarious. To win one of two double passes to Precarious by Circus Oz at 11am on Wednesday 27th June 2018, just go to Amaze’s Facebook page. All you’ll need to do to be in the running for tickets is like...

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Amaze announced as member of NDIS Autism Advisory Group

AmazeLife_050_1 Thursday 21st June, 2018: Amaze has announced it is a member of the newly established Autism Advisory Group for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with our colleagues from Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand, Autism CRC, AAB-ASD and the Australian Autism Alliance. We will continue to advocate to ensure the needs of all autistic people are met from the...

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Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Begin with our strategic plan and position statements

Serendip 1 Capture Thursday 7th June, 2018: Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Click here for information about us, Amaze’s Strategic Directions to 2040 and Strategic Plan 2018-2021. From this week we will also share with you our Position Statements on key issues such as Accessible environments for autistic people.

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Amaze announces boost for Autism Information and Support Service

Female customer services agent with Headset working in a call center Thursday 7th June, 2018: This two-year project ($858,755) pilots a multi-channel Integrated Autism Information and Support Service in Victoria with a plan for national scale up. The service provides free, independent, accessible, evidence-based autism information and support for autistic people, families and carers. The content will include diagnosis advice, service information and referrals to community and peer support. Funding...

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5 ways to share ‘Do One Thing for Autism’ on social media

Facebook Frame Wednesday 6th June, 2018: Do One Thing for Autism is Amaze’s campaign to get the Australian public to understand, support and accept autistic people. Here are some ways you can help spread the word on social media.   1. Put the ‘One Thing’ frame over your Facebook profile picture and let your network know you did one thing for...

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