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Spectrospective 2017: Inspired stories of autism

kaylaTOsend3 Wednesday 15th March, 2017: Amaze takes this opportunity to thank those who have submitted films for Spectrospective 2017. Entries have closed and work now begins on editing the submissions, which have delivered unique and brilliant stories of autism. Our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day, Spectrospective recognises that every story of autism is important and that by sharing yours...

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Strategies for when the “honeymoon period” ends for a child at school

Little boy during lesson with his speech therapist. Wednesday 15th March, 2017: If you’re the parent of a child who has returned to school after the summer break, there’s a chance you’re feeling a sense of relief. It’s natural to worry about how your child will manage the return to classroom routine, but you may have discovered your child’s transition from holidays to school has been smooth....

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Does your child on the spectrum wander? Online course

Toddler girl holding hands with her father Wednesday 15th March, 2017: Amaze, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has launched a free online training module for parents of children who wander. This training will introduce you to positive behaviour support as a method to manage wandering behaviour.   This on-line course covers: Wandering & behaviours of concern Positive behaviour support How to use positive behaviour support...

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Win double-passes to autism-friendly Pixar in Concert

woodybuzz Wednesday 15th March, 2017: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is breaking new ground with Pixar in Concert. On Saturday April 8, the MSO will become the first orchestra in Australia to present a concert in a “relaxed and autism- friendly” format. Pixar in Concert is a compilation of Pixar favourites showing on the big screen with the orchestra on the stage...

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From the CEO: Females on the spectrum and the need for change

FionaSharkie2017 Tuesday 14th March, 2017: The needs of autistic women and girls is a subject we’ve been hearing more and more about in recent years. With good reason. Autism has been growing over the past decade _ Amaze’s most recent polling showed that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. Awareness of women on the spectrum needs more...

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Does your child on the spectrum wander? Online training

children in wheat field Tuesday 7th March, 2017: Amaze, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has launched a free online training module for parents of children who wander. This training will introduce you to positive behaviour support as a method to manage wandering behaviour.   This on-line course covers: Wandering & behaviours of concern Positive behaviour support How to use positive behaviour support...

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Autism and dyslexia forum for teachers and parents

typewriter keyboard Tuesday 7th March, 2017: Amaze and SPELD Victoria have come together to launch a forum for teachers needing to improve their understanding of the autism spectrum and dyslexia. The forum is also great for parents wanting to know more about what happens for their child at school. You will receive a certificate recording this PD. At our forum you...

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Is the NDIS meeting your needs? Take our survey

Business Quality Customer Survey Feedback Thursday 2nd March, 2017: Amaze today launches a survey seeking important feedback about our community’s experience of the NDIS. The survey is designed for NDIS participants, or people going through the NDIS planning process, and we want to hear about your experiences as the scheme rolls out across Victoria. Your responses will be used to inform Amaze’s ongoing advocacy, to...

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From the CEO: The NDIS should be above politics

FionaSharkie2017 Wednesday 1st March, 2017: The past fortnight has seen the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a topic of much national debate. As autistic participants are the largest diagnostic group within the scheme, it is vital that the NDIS is fully rolled out and sustainable into the long term – to support autistic Australians across their lifetime. I strongly believe...

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Embracing life on the spectrum: Jonathon’s story

jonathon tan at work, becca,  2017 Wednesday 1st March, 2017: Jonathon Tan is reveling in his role 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 the 24-year-old loves his job, but also that he brings a humor to Becca that’s helped him establish a great rapport...

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Participate in Spectrospective: Time’s running out

spectro2017 Tuesday 28th February, 2017: Spectrospective offers a unique opportunity to tell your story of autism. Our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day, it recognises that every story of autism is important and that by sharing yours you are playing an important role in building community understanding and acceptance of life on the spectrum. In its third year, Spectrospective has broadened its...

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Plenty of Buzz for MSO’s autism-friendly concert

The concert is great news for Victorians. Tuesday 28th February, 2017: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is breaking new ground with Pixar in Concert. On Saturday April 8, the MSO will become the first orchestra in Australia to present a concert in a “relaxed and autism friendly” format. Pixar in Concert is a compilation of Pixar favourites showing on the big screen with the orchestra on the...

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Spectrospective 2017: share your story of autism

Spectrospective 2017: entries open Monday 13th February, 2017: Every story of autism is unique and important. That’s why it’s time to share, time to tell your story of autism. The Spectrospective film is our contribution to World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2017) and is an incredible initiative that gives autistic people a voice and increases awareness and understanding about autism within the broader community....

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From the CEO: welcome to our new eSpectrum

sharkie Monday 13th February, 2017: I’m delighted to share our revamped eSpectrum e-newsletter with our Amaze community. We are always encouraged by the extent to which eSpectrum is read each fortnight and hope the new look enhances its readability and usefulness. eSpectrum will continue to provide the valuable information our community wants. We will report on what’s keeping Amaze busy...

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Win copy of Becoming Chief: How to lead your child’s special needs tribe

book 2 Capture Saturday 11th February, 2017: Becoming Chief: How to lead your child’s special needs tribe, is a great starting point for any parent of a child with a disability. This book, from Cathy Love, focuses on the importance of taking charge of your child’s needs by building a “tribe” of supporters around them as well as the family as a...

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My story: female rally champ inspires my little girl

molly Saturday 11th February, 2017: Molly Taylor recently became the first female winner of the Australian Rally Championship. In the process, she made an extraordinary impact on Ella Bibby, a girl on the autism spectrum. Ella’s mum, Jade, shares the story: “It was February 15, 2016, and we were sitting in the paediatrician’s office with our beautiful, five-year-old daughter Ella....

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He was non-verbal but became a respected public speaker. Here’s his incredible journey in comic form

Magro is a respected author and public speaker. Tuesday 31st January, 2017: He was non-verbal at two-and-a-half and diagnosed as being on the spectrum at four, but nothing was going to stop Kerry Magro from setting and achieving his life goals. An award-winning public speaker and best-selling author, Magro is a role model who’s mentored many young people. The Masters graduate from Seton Hall University and CEO...

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How my three autistic daughters demonstrate the vastness of the spectrum

mum and kids in field Wednesday 25th January, 2017: Jessica Offer, a contributor for The Mighty, offers some insightful thoughts on living with the spectrum: How many times have I heard the phrase, “She doesn’t look autistic to me”? Too many times to count, that’s how many. But here’s the thing: No two autistic people are the same. So once you’ve met one autistic...

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Girls and women on the spectrum: the emotional rollercoaster

Hermione: quintessential "aspie" girl. Wednesday 18th January, 2017: Dr Lori Ernsperger, a US expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder in girls and women, says many parents of girls on the spectrum experience an “emotional rollercoaster”. While they’re excited and celebrate their daughter’s developmental milestones, they become increasingly concerned and anxious over puzzling behaviours. “Obtaining an ASD diagnosis for a female can be very challenging,...

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What does spectrum mean to you? Comic busts some myths

as graph Sunday 8th January, 2017: Rebecca Burgess, a freelance artist and illustrator, is frustrated by the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. She has attempted to cut through the confusion by creating a comic explanation for the spectrum. Burgess maintains that the spectrum can be best described by dispensing with a linear autism spectrum image. She dismisses the notion...

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