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Elise Muller: the latest key addition to Amaze’s ‘Autism in Women & Girls Forum’

elise muller i can Capture Thursday 21st September, 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. But 70% didn’t know that the number of...

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Autism, pregnancy and motherhood: special report says women overcome ‘systemic abuse’ to become great mums

bright-lights-at-the-end-the-hospital-corridor-the-concept-picture-id629429900 Thursday 14th September, 2017: Amaze’s most recent polling shows that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. Concerning, however, is that 70% of those polled did not know that the number of autistic females is increasing. Amaze recognises that understanding and acknowledgement of autistic women and the specific nature of their autism needs far greater exposure. At...

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Call on Government to accept recommendations: Join our campaign!

101 for espectrum signed Thursday 14th September, 2017: In 2015, the Victorian Family and Community Services Committee established a Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over 18 months the committee received over 150 submissions, and heard from over 120 witnesses at 11 hearings across Victoria. The final report was tabled in Parliament on June 22 and contains 101 recommendations...

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Up to three times more autistic people have savant abilities than previously thought

Business concepts. Thursday 14th September, 2017: Researchers from Autism Spectrum Australia believe new findings could have significant impact on perceptions of autistic people and their potential in the workforce. The researchers say up to three times more autistic people have special talents or “savant” abilities than previously thought. They add that identifying and nurturing that special talent at an early age...

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Enough of the autism stereotypes: new Aussie cabaret team debunks myths

website aspie hour Capture Wednesday 13th September, 2017: 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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TV quiz star’s battle for autism diagnosis: so much more must be done for girls and women

Cameraman in TV studio Thursday 31st August, 2017: 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...

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Diversity is beautiful: a way to tell a child they’re autistic

espec image Capture Thursday 31st August, 2017: Erin Human _ yes, that is her real name _ says she subsists on coffee, chocolate, and pale ale. She also says, “I read a lot of books and I’m super psyched that being an introvert is trendy now. “I married a guy named Mike so I could get this cool last name and also...

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Your chance to change the way people think about disability: leadership program

Business Man Drawing Leadership Concept on Chalkboard Thursday 31st August, 2017: Do you want to be part of an exciting new program for people with disability to build your leadership skills and help to change the way people think about disability? The Disability Leadership Program is designed to empower people with disability to build their knowledge and confidence so they can take up leadership roles, speak...

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Father’s Day special: Dads of autistic kids share their inner-most thoughts

Childs Bond Wednesday 30th August, 2017: Rob Gorski says being dad to three autistic children can be a tough gig. This is not to invalidate the challenges of everyday parenting, but Gorski says being parent to autistic children is something all together different. He is adamant it has a unique set of struggles, joys, and triumphs. To coincide with Father’s Day,...

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‘Devastation’ as autistic students expelled from Vic state schools: Amaze responds

Chalkboard Punishment Monday 28th August, 2017: A report by the Victorian Ombudsman makes for distressing reading. The report, tabled in parliament on Monday, revealed more than 31 per cent of students expelled in 2016 have a disability or mental health issue. One of the cases profiled in the report was that of Daniel. At just seven years of age, AAP reports,...

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Neurodiverse and looking for work? Sign on here

Group of busy business people working in office, top view Thursday 17th August, 2017: Are you autistic and having trouble finding a job? If so, Northern Pictures would like to hear from you. The production company is making Employable Me, a documentary series for ABC Television featuring neurodiverse people who have found it challenging finding work that suits their skills and talents. “We want to show that (being neurodiverse) can...

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Love them and let them go: confronting your parental instincts

doctor best and son sam Capture Thursday 17th August, 2017: The ABC’s Australian Story recently featured the tale of a couple who decided to take an unorthodox approach to challenging their autistic son. Just as 14-year-old Sam was entering adolescence, his family insisted he embark on a six-month backpacking trip around Africa with his father, Dr James Best. This would not be overly noteworthy if...

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Aladdin’s magical, autism-friendly performance

best volunteers IMG_8912 Thursday 17th August, 2017: All of us at Amaze want to express huge thanks to those who attended the August 12 autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical. Also thanks to Disney for partnering with us to make the event possible and to the fantastic volunteer team, pictured with Michael James Scott (Genie), Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) and Hiba...

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Celebrity chef Evans makes claims on diet and autism: experts respond

Mixture of healthy foods on wooden background Thursday 3rd August, 2017: From the moment a child is diagnosed with autism, Professor Andrew Whitehouse writes, their 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 conference halls are lined with salespeople, letterboxes are stuffed with...

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CEO: Your participation in our survey is vital to Amaze’s work

FionaSharkie2017 Thursday 3rd August, 2017: One of Amaze’s most important roles 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. We can only achieve that by collecting your stories, seeking out your opinions, and responding to your priorities for action....

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Melbourne IT experts boost career prospects of people on spectrum

Image of man's hands typing. Selective focus Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Two IT experts are helping boost the career prospects for autistic people through an innovative new software testing program. EPIC Testability Academy (ETA) is the brainchild of Dr Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman, both of whom are passionate about increasing workplace diversity while filling a gap in their sector. They speak with excitement about joining...

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Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical: time’s running out to take this magic carpet ride

featurecrop aladdin Aladdin crop Spread 36-37_ART Si Mel Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Going to a theatrical event can be difficult for children on the autism spectrum. It’s why the creation of an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical, has been greeted so enthusiastically by the Victorian autism community. This specially adapted performance in Melbourne will be suitable for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families,...

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Hello! Are you the champion we’re looking for?

marathon, istock Thursday 3rd August, 2017: Over the years Amaze has been fortunate to have many champions running, swimming or cycling and raising vital funds to support us and shape the future of autism. Are you the new champion we’re looking for? Whether you are young or old, a world record holder or professional couch potato, will you take up the...

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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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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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