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Dame Edna legend Barry Humphries: “I was born with Asperger’s and say whatever comes into my head”

barry humphries Friday 24th November, 2017: In his pinstripe suit, handkerchief in top pocket and fancy tie, Barry Humphries has always been a man of sartorial style. And he’s lost none of his capacity to gain attention with his biting wit and observations about life. Humphries, 83, has been attracting headlines while promoting his new show, The Man Behind the Mask. “I quite...

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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 Thursday 23rd November, 2017: The transition from primary to secondary school can be a deeply worrying time for both parents and children. If your child is starting secondary school next year, you may want to explore Amaze’s Transition to Secondary School Guide. It’s a valuable resource designed to help parents and carers plan a successful start for their child at...

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Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools: complete our survey and help inform Amaze’s submission

Hand hold megaphone. We want your feedback in bubble. Vector illustration comic retro background Thursday 23rd November, 2017: The Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee is conducting an Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools. We want to hear about your experiences and views so that they can inform our submission to this inquiry. Please complete this survey if you, or someone you care for has recently left or is...

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Maggie, 11, was bullied and had to find a new school. Mum tells how Maggie found the strength to leave the house again

wendy proimos r Thursday 23rd November, 2017: Melbourne mum Wendy Proimos says a shopping centre visit can be a daunting experience. Daughter Maggie and son Ted were diagnosed with autism at 3 1/2 and Wendy says there can be huge challenges, particularly for Maggie, in coping with sensory overload. Wendy says of Maggie: “It took time for us to find the right...

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Forget medical drama The Good Doctor – another show delivers TV’s ‘most accurate’ portrayal of autism

abed Capture Thursday 23rd November, 2017: My View: By rising film-maker Scott Day, who is doing student placement at Amaze. “The Good Doctor doesn’t resonate with me specifically as I do not feel it represents me as a person. Not everyone on the spectrum is a genius with superhuman-like abilities like Shaun Murphy or Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory....

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Amaze AGM 2017

annual_general_meeting Thursday 23rd November, 2017: The Amaze Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the evening of November 22 2017, at the Kathleen Syme Community Centre in Carlton. You can read more about the AGM here

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Amaze member alert: Remember to vote in Board election and register to attend AGM

Vector of Group of People Discussing Monday 13th November, 2017: AGM 2017: Vote now and help shape Amaze’s future Dear Amaze Member, Reminder: Amaze 2017 AGM & Vote for Board Director The Annual General Meeting of Amaze Inc, will be held at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street Carlton on Wednesday 22ND November 2017 at 5.30pm. If you wish to attend the Amaze...

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Video: Star tells why he’s ‘excited’ to be bringing you a relaxed performance of `The Curious Incident’

newwCurios actor apture Thursday 9th November, 2017: Sam Newton, who plays the lead role of Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has expressed excitement about the forthcoming relaxed performance of the hit stage production. See Sam Newton VIDEO “We’re excited about our relaxed performance,” Sam says. “We’ll lower the lighting, lower the sound and the strobe lighting effects....

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Australian-first trial investigates impact of highly-trained dogs on autistic children

mom and child Thursday 9th November, 2017: Researchers from Sydney University are undertaking a trial to analyse the interaction between autistic children and dogs. The trial, being conducted in partnership with Assistance Dogs Australia, will analyse 375 hours of interaction between 75 autistic children and the dogs to find out why dogs reportedly ease some of the challenges faced by children. A...

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Autistic people aren’t really accepted – and it’s impacting their mental health

conversation article Capture Thursday 9th November, 2017: An article by Eilidh Cage, a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, has captured the attention of the autism community because of the harsh spotlight it has shone on the issue of acceptance. After writing the following piece for The Conversation, Cage received the following response from Richard Blaber. “This article,” Blaber writes, “feels like...

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Everyday hero Elloy: ‘Why I’m getting in the boxing ring for autism’

amiatu elloy and ollie Capture Monday 6th November, 2017: Elloy Amiatu has seven weeks of training under his belt and he’s as “ready as I’m ever going to be” for the November 10 boxing bout to raise funds for autism awareness and understanding. “I am super nervous, but the excitement is starting to creep in,” Elloy says before he hops into the ring to...

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Amaze to work with new autism peer-support groups in upcoming NDIS roll-out areas

new Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie (L) and Pamela Gatos Friday 3rd November, 2017: Amaze will identify, engage and work with up to 24 new autism peer-support groups in upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out areas. The project is designed to build the capacity of peer-support group members. ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT MEDIA RELEASE The result will be increased understanding of the NDIS, greater skill and motivation to act, self-advocacy...

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Help Amaze develop important new resource about learning plans

group of students talking and writing at school Thursday 26th October, 2017: Does your child have a learning plan at school? These plans are sometimes called an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Amaze is in the early stages of developing a resource for parents and teachers to help make the meeting and plan-writing process easier and we need your feedback. Please help...

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Get tickets: Relaxed performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious 3 apture Thursday 26th October, 2017: Book your tickets now for Melbourne’s ‘relaxed performance’ of acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Amaze is thrilled to be partnering with the Arts Centre Melbourne and MTC to bring you the special performance on 25 January 2018. House lights will be up, doors to the theatre kept open, and you can take a...

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Theatre: Tom’s bold, brilliant way of opening the world’s eyes to autism

Tom Middleditch, by Darren Devlyn Thursday 26th October, 2017: It’s been said that having an authentic identity is the highest form of intelligence. It’s a theory that springs to mind when interviewing playwright Tom Middleditch, a relentlessly dynamic thinker whose thoughts and insights into autism come at you with both speed and precision. Unlike many who have attempted to write about autism for the...

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Multivitamins, pregnancy and autism claims: Amaze responds

Row of pregnant women Thursday 26th October, 2017: Professor Andrew Whitehouse has written extensively on autism and how families respond to diagnosis. From the moment a child is diagnosed, he says, the 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...

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Book now for Amaze training: Early childhood, Grandparents and Behaviour support plans

The elderly woman with the grand daughter Wednesday 25th October, 2017: Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and training. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have a number of training events available for the public to book. Developing an Individualised Behaviour Support Plan...

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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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