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Autism therapies and supports: top tips and avoiding the traps

Girl receiving osteopathic treatment of her head Thursday 20th July, 2017: When it comes to autism, media outlets are quick to respond to stories about “breakthrough therapies”. One of the most recent reports revolved around an autism study in the US, which captured headlines because participants supposedly showed “dramatic behavioural improvements after receiving a dose of a single drug”. It was suggested that children in the...

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Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical: a special message from Aladdin and Princess Jasmine about autism-friendly performance

featurecrop aladdin Aladdin crop Spread 36-37_ART Si Mel Thursday 20th July, 2017: One critic describes Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical as “a flawless fusion of dynamic performance and technical wizardry”. Another reviewer says the musical has “scenes to make your eyes grow out on stalks”, leaving you lying awake wondering how they were done. What else would you expect when the story features a magic lamp, genie and flying carpet? The...

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From the CEO: Amaze inspired by response to our world-first research project

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 20th July, 2017: I have stated previously in this column that a key strategic goal of Amaze is to change attitudes and behaviours of governments, the private sector and the community in general so that they better understand, engage with and accept autistic people. Preliminary polling conducted by Amaze last year revealed that more than half the population had,...

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Make a run for it and support Amaze

Jonathon (son) and Check (father) Tan, Run 4 the Kids, 2017. IMG_6469 Thursday 20th July, 2017: Amaze places a huge value on its many supporters in the community. One of those supporters is Jonathon Tan, who loves his job 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 he loves his job, but...

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Amaze launches autism training events: book now

Business coach. Thursday 20th July, 2017: Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and other training opportunities. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have six training events across three topics available for the public to book. Early Childhood –...

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Ultimate holiday survival guide: travel ideas and tips to reduce stress

Family Road Trip C Thursday 6th July, 2017: For some, the holiday period is the stuff of dreams. It can be a time of quiet reflection, catching up on the pile of books you’ve been meaning to read, or heading for fun in the sun or snow fields. For others, holidays can turn out to be less fun than a root canal procedure....

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NAIDOC Week: Amaze’s commitment to Indigenous communities

There's wide consultation in the creation of programs. Thursday 6th July, 2017: It’s significant that the NAIDOC Week theme for 2017, Our Languages Matter, is about communication. Amaze acknowledges the unique role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. We also reaffirm our commitment...

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CEO: Why NAIDOC Week resonates so strongly with Amaze

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 6th July, 2017: It’s NAIDOC Week and I encourage you to join the Amaze team in celebrating and reflecting on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At the beginning of the week, NITV news presenter Natalie Ahmat offered great personal insight into the meaning of the occasion. She wrote that it was...

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Education: A journey that starts with love

China main apture Thursday 6th July, 2017: Amaze has joined forces with the Australian China Education Foundation (ACEF) to boost awareness and understanding of autism in Victoria’s Chinese community. At a function at Manningham Community Square, State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy acknowledged the collaborative work Amaze and ACEF are doing in translating and adapting information and resources related to autism. A key...

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Hanson controversy around autistic students: Amaze responds

Ready to start the education Thursday 22nd June, 2017: One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson created enormous controversy when she this week told parliament students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms. “These kids have a right to an education by all means,” Senator Hanson said. “But if there is a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be…...

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Taking the trauma out of a hospital visit: social script

aaaahospital2Capture Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Amaze is committed to promoting meaningful access and participation for all. It’s why, In April, we made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Delivery of Outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020, to build inclusive and accessible communities. People on the autism spectrum can face a range...

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CEO: Parliamentary Inquiry a big win for our community, but what’s next?

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development committee tabled its 400-page report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of an 18 month long inquiry. We’re delighted to see its arrival and want to share this day with you. You may recall Amaze made a submission to the Inquiry...

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Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people: what you need to know

Asian Caucasian mixed race family sitting on grass in a park Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee tabled its report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of a 18 month long inquiry, with the Committee receiving over 150 submissions, 11 hearings with over 120 witnesses, a number of site visits and an overseas study tour. The report...

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INQUIRY HIGHLIGHTS THE URGENT NEED TO CLOSE THE GAP FOR AUTISTIC VICTORIANS

Thursday 22nd June, 2017: Amaze, the peak body for autistic people and their families in Victoria, welcomes the release of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people on the autism spectrum. The report highlights the inequity that autistic Victorians face every day – from gaining employment, going to school, accessing services and support they require, to facing ongoing...

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CEO: Why your participation in this short survey is vital to our work at Amaze

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 8th June, 2017: I believe one of the most important roles for Amaze is to ensure the voices and needs of autistic people and their families and carers are heard so that change can occur to improve the quality of their lives. In the past few years we’ve been increasing our efforts to collect the stories, seek out...

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Fidget fad arouses discrimination anger

spinna Capture Thursday 8th June, 2017: I’m angry about the sudden popularity of fidget spinners, but probably not for the reasons you think. I’m not mad that they’re disruptive in class, or obnoxiously trendy. I’m furious because of what they reveal about societal power structures, and the pathologising of disabled people by non-disabled persons. Autistic people (and others with developmental disabilities) have...

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Are you NDIS ready? Amaze’s new online resource will guide you

View from above of young man, using laptop, seated on chair Thursday 1st June, 2017: Evidence suggests there is a lot of confusion among National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and carers when preparing for their planning meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It’s a reason Amaze is proud to launch its NDIS Readiness Resource. Amaze’s NDIS Readiness Resource gives participants a chance to work through a checklist, identify and...

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CEO: Closing the gap in educational outcomes for autistic students.

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 25th May, 2017: It’s Education Week, a theme of `Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’. The goal of the week is to profile the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s education sector, with the theme of ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ supporting the education system’s target of `Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids’. When it comes to autistic students, the education system has...

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Sister acts for autism understanding: Chloe’s story

Passionate fund-raiser Chloe. Thursday 25th May, 2017: A teacher at Geelong’s Christian College describes Chloe Lamb as “passionate and extremely capable”. Chloe is also someone with a strong social conscience, illustrated when she set out to increase understanding about autism through a fund-raiser for Amaze. The school says she “wowed all of the staff and students” with a presentation on autism where...

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Choosing a mainstream school for a child on the autism spectrum: what you need to know

Drawing together Thursday 25th May, 2017: There’s no better time than Education Week to think about your child’s schooling. If you’d like to enrol your child in a mainstream school, or change schools, it’s worth remembering that cut off dates may be determined on a school by school basis. Do you want to apply for the Program for Students with Disabilities...

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