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What is Autistic Pride Day?

APDfeatured Monday 17th June, 2019: Written by Joel Wilson It wasn’t until recently that I came to understand that Autistic Pride Day wasn’t an individual day for LGBTQIA+ autistic people to celebrate, but a celebratory day for ALL autistic people. I had just assumed that because it was in the middle of Pride Month, that it was about gender and...

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Media reporting of crime and autism: let’s set the record straight

news2 Monday 27th May, 2019: The Amaze team was deeply saddened by the murder of Courtney Herron, reported over the weekend. We join the community in mourning her death. Today, and in coming weeks, you may see reports that the alleged perpetrator of this crime could be autistic. Regardless of whether this is a fact, it is simply not relevant...

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Survey: Help inform Amaze’s submission to mental health Royal Commission

Survey Thursday 23rd May, 2019: Are you an autistic person, or do you care for an autistic person, and have experience of Victoria’s mental health services? We want to hear from you!  Amaze is developing a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. To ensure the submission reflects the real needs of the autism community, we’re asking...

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Chilling out at St Kilda FC’s Marvel Stadium Chill Out Zone

SaintsFeatured Tuesday 14th May, 2019: Written by Joel Wilson Before the start of the 2019 AFL season, the St Kilda Football Club and Marvel Stadium introduced the Chill Out Zone – a quiet space for autistic footy fans to manage sensory overload at St Kilda home games played at Marvel Stadium. A few weeks ago, I went to the St...

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Transition to Secondary School Forum 2019

Transition Featured Tuesday 14th May, 2019: This forum will discuss how to prepare autistic students for a smooth transition into secondary school and is designed for both teachers and parents. We will be providing information about ways that schools and families can support autistic people to have the best possible experience starting secondary school. Some topics that will be discussed, include:...

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Amaze launches resources for parents of trans and gender diverse young people

Featured Monday 13th May, 2019: Amaze is excited to share its new resources for parents of transgender / gender diverse autistic children so they can be empowered to help support their child / children. Our new resources were made to meet a growing need, with research showing that autistic individuals are more likely than non-autistic people to identify as trans or...

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Important first step! Senate passes National Autism Strategy motion 

Senate Tuesday 30th April, 2019: We’ve made an important first step to making a National Autism Strategy a reality. On Tuesday 2 April 2019 the Australian Senate passed a motion that ‘encourages the government to develop a National Autism Strategy, in partnership with autistic people and their families and carers’. The Australian Autism Alliance, along with Amaze representatives, met with...

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Excuse you, mind your language!

Language blog graphic Monday 15th April, 2019: Written by Joel Wilson Yes, I’m going to write about identity language, but please hear me out… As an advocate, one of the most frustrating things I encounter is being corrected on whether I use “autistic person” or “person with autism” or “person with autism spectrum condition”, etc. I hear it all the time: “You’re...

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Autism and Employment Forum

Autism and Employemt_Web Front Page Wednesday 3rd April, 2019: Do you want to know more about autism and employment? Join us for a day of discussion and get valuable information about finding and keeping work. You’ll hear from Malcolm Mayfield, author of “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment”, researcher and autistic person. Malcolm is also...

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Happy World Autism Acceptance Day from Amaze!

HoodieUp Day Tuesday 2nd April, 2019:   Thanks to a surprise donation of hoodies, Amaze was able to join hundreds of Victorian schools, workplaces and retailers, including the St Kilda Football Club to #HoodieUp and build understanding, and raise vital funds for autistic people. In its first year, the #HoodieUp campaign has received a great show of support from the wider...

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This is what a burnout feels like

Monday 1st April, 2019: What does burnout feel like for an autistic person? Download and listen to Joel’s first podcast in which he opens up about his burnout from last year, his mental health and the importance of self-care. Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that anyone can experience. However, autistic people may experience burnout in...

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Autism and employment: Australia has work to do

Jon Becca Thursday 28th March, 2019: Employment opportunities for autistic Australians are dire according to an Australian-first study released by Amaze today. Conducted by the Centre for Health and Social Research and Australian Catholic University, the study found that while more than half of autistic Australians would like a paid job, only one in three were currently in a paid role....

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