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Faeces in a pill as autism therapy: Amaze responds

Young attractive female scientist holding a red transparent pill Thursday 12th April, 2018: Media outlets are quick to leap on stories about supposed breakthrough therapies. Such stories, however, can be a trigger of false hope in the autism community – along with being damaging to autistic people at suggestions that they can be cured or prevented. Receiving an autism diagnosis can be a time of upheaval for a...

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Autism State Plan: Have your say in this survey about actions you want Government to take

Joe, mum, Sarah and Scott Munnings, 2017. Pic Darren Devlyn Thursday 12th April, 2018: A survey has been developed to seek the input of the broader autism community on possible actions the Government may consider in the development of the Autism State Plan. This includes autistic people, family members or friends of autistic people, carers of autistic people, and representatives of organisations or groups that support autistic people in Victoria....

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Behaviours of concern: participate in Amaze’s important survey

Sleepy boy sitting in bed Thursday 12th April, 2018: Amaze is surveying families of children with a disability about behaviours of concern. We invite you to do this survey. Behaviours of concern is when a person’s behaviour puts themselves or others at risk. We hope to learn more about these kind of behaviours and what parents do to help. The results will help us...

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Don’t miss: Amaze and SPELD’s autism and dyslexia forum

forum 8 Tuesday 10th April, 2018: Following the success of this event in 2017, Amaze & SPELD Victoria have come together to bring you a forum on autism and dyslexia. This forum is ideal for teachers needing to improve their understanding of autism and dyslexia, and for parents wanting to know more about how autism and dyslexia may impact on their...

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Amaze and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne announce sensory friendly experience

LDC-Sensory-Square.jpg lego land Tuesday 10th April, 2018: Amaze and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne have announced a sensory friendly LEGO experience for Sunday 29th April from 8am. Amaze has trained venue staff and consulted with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne to create a Social Script for the event. Special accommodations at the sensory friendly LEGO experience include reduction of sound and light levels in...

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Amaze announces NDIS information sessions and workshops: sign up now!

Business coach. Monday 9th April, 2018: WEST OF MELBOURNE: NDIS INFORMATION SESSION, 1st MAY Amaze in partnership with Footscray City Primary School is hosting an information session which will assist autistic people and their families to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS will commence in the Western Regions of Melbourne from 1st October 2018 and will be a significant change in the way...

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6 ways to make life easier for an autistic child

2 min autism test toddler Capture Thursday 29th March, 2018: As mother of a seven-year-old autistic son, Jessie Hewitson has benefited greatly from the sharing of stories of people who have lived experience of autism. It prompted her to write a book Autism: How to raise a happy autistic child , which includes a chapter 6 Ways to Make Life Easier for Autistic Children. She shares her...

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Amaze launches Strategic Plan 2018-21: shaping a positive future for autistic people

Strat Plan 2018-21 Capture Thursday 29th March, 2018: Amaze sees its role as facilitating and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience of autism. In the last two years, Amaze has actively engaged people with lived experience to guide the way our organisation works and how we design our programs and activities. What we achieved: Amaze Strategic Plan July 2015-June 2017 Some of the highlights...

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Register now for Amaze NDIS information session

Speaker at Business convention and Presentation. Thursday 29th March, 2018: This session is for people on the autism spectrum and/or family members and carers of people on the autism spectrum. The National Disability Insurance Scheme will commence in the Melbourne Local Government Area from October 2018 and will be a significant change in the way disability services are provided. Come along to find about the...

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The Chase ‘Governess’ Anne Hegerty Opens Up: ‘autism, romance and picking up social cues’

anne hegarty Capture Thursday 29th March, 2018: TV viewers know her as The Governess, a formidable figure capable of reducing people to quivering wrecks with her icy stare. Away from the camera, a very different Anne Hegerty emerges. The star of TV quiz show The Chase is deeply passionate about an issue requiring immediate, sustained attention. Hegerty is well aware of the need for...

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‘Who are you to judge? You have absolutely no idea what it is like’: why everyone’s talking about this teen’s article on autism

female makes notes and sitting on the beach; Friday 16th March, 2018: Beth Hiatt, 13, is the co-editor of her school’s magazine. She wrote her story, Let’s Talk About Autism, to offer insight into being autistic and to help change public perception of people on the spectrum. It has been made clear that this is one individual’s experience and that no two autistic people are alike, but...

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Amaze plays proud part in Parks Victoria winning Tourism Awards

serendip Capture Friday 16th March, 2018: Amaze is proud to have played a part in Parks Victoria winning Victorian and Australian Tourism Awards. Parks Victoria won for their accessibility program in the Specialised Tourism Services category. Parks Victoria Board member and Chair Victorian Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee, John Pandazopoulos, this week hosted a morning tea attended by Amaze CEO Fiona...

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Aussie experts respond to claims this optical illusion could become an autism test

optical ill Capture Friday 16th March, 2018: How you see this simple optical illusion, and more importantly how your brain sees it, could reveal a lot about you. One day, it’s claimed, the rotating dots may even be used as a tool to help diagnose autism. The Brisbane Times reports: Watch the dots spin for a moment. Nearly everyone sees a spinning...

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‘Autistic students learning differently doesn’t mean we should have lower expectations of educational outcomes”.

Fiona Sharkie on Sky News, March 2018. With Ahron Young Friday 16th March, 2018: Decades of research show that children on the autism spectrum make far greater progress in mainstream classrooms than in specialist settings. In the lead-up to World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie appeared on Sky News to talk to Ahron Young about the meaning of inclusion in education. Watch the full Sky...

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Enough of the autism stereotypes: ‘Aspies’ take on Melbourne International Comedy Festival

website aspie hour Capture Friday 16th March, 2018: Everyone expects Ryan Smedley to be shy. It comes with the territory, he says, when people learn he has Asperger syndrome. Such misunderstandings are part of the reason he has joined forces with Sophie Smyth to form a cabaret show, The Aspie Hour. Graduates from Federation University’s Arts Academy, they explore their experiences with autism...

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Star performers set to dance and sing for autism

Art and music of India Thursday 15th March, 2018: Indian music and dance concert, Sangeetha Natya Ravali 2018, is offering you the chance to play a part in shaping the future of autism. The concert, in Burwood East on Saturday March 24, is dedicated to raising funds for Amaze. Headlining the event is Krishna Ravali School Artistic Director, Rama Rao, in collaboration with Natya...

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

barry humphries Tuesday 13th March, 2018: 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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Book now for Amaze training: Early childhood, Grandparents and Behaviour support plans

The elderly woman with the grand daughter Sunday 4th March, 2018: 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. Grandparents of Children with Autism –...

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Celebrating difference: Producer calls for participants in TV dating & relationships series

Couple holding hands at sunset Thursday 1st March, 2018: Northern Pictures has announced Employable Me, which follows neurodiverse people seeking employment, will screen on ABC TV in April. The hope is that the series will help employers, and the wider community, understand more about neurodiversity and encourage people to “look beyond a condition and see the skills and talents an individual can bring to a workplace”. The...

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Join Amaze: Volunteer reception opportunity

Boss office interior in flat design, view from the window Wednesday 21st February, 2018: Amaze is recruiting a receptionist with highly developed interpersonal skills to join us in a three-month volunteer capacity. Click here for a position description

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