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Amaze secures education expert and human rights advocate Charie Roberts for Autism Regional Roadshow events in Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Wodonga and Bendigo

Charie Roberts, crop, Bairnsdale Roadshow 2018_edited Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze has secured the talents of Charie Roberts for its Autism Regional Roadshows. Charie is a qualified adult educator with extensive experience in vocational education and has worked in both primary and secondary schools as a disability and autism specialist with a focus on inclusive practices. “I have a strong commitment to human rights and...

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How do you know when it’s autism and when it’s a personality trait? Australian screening test hailed as ‘most successful in world’

Barbaro website Thursday 11th October, 2018: Autism is widely misunderstood, a fact made glaringly apparent when Amaze this year released Community Attitudes and Lived Experience of Autism research. The findings reveal nearly all Australians (98%) have heard of autism, and 86% of people have contact with an autistic person. One in five people has an autistic friend, and one in four has...

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Watch The Birthday Party: a film to help educators, health care workers and parents identify autism signs in children

The Birthday Party website pic Thursday 11th October, 2018: This film has been designed to help professionals working in education, health-care and social services to identify the signs of autism in children. We also think it could be a valuable resource for anyone, including parents, to gain additional insight into autism. The film is designed to be a supplement to a training session. No background...

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This week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears: Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by TV

Joel Wilson, 2018 Thursday 11th October, 2018: A scene in this week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears. Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by what he sees on TV, and that includes everything from real-life news to fictional dramas. The Good Doctor episode includes a plotline where Lea’s back. However, Shaun is not happy. He continues...

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Sensory-friendly design enters the classroom: any setting can be retrofitted to improve its sensory environment 

Sensory-friendly classroom Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze last month released a research report revealing that the education system is failing autistic students in Australia. Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly. In response to the report’s...

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Amaze announces free Autism Regional Roadshows for October and November: sign up now 

Charie Roberts, crop, Bairnsdale Roadshow 2018_edited Thursday 11th October, 2018: Amaze has announced a roadshow to six regional centres through October and November, providing local communities with much-needed information on the services and support available to them. The autism communities of Geelong, Ballarat, Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Wodonga and Bendigo are invited to a free, one-day information forum in their area to hear from experts in the fields of...

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Amaze joins forces with Parks Victoria and Serendip Sanctuary for Junior Ranger program

Serendip website pic Tuesday 9th October, 2018: By Jaimee Wilkens, first published in the Geelong Advertiser Parks Victoria has teamed up with an autism support organisation to run a special edition of their popular Junior Ranger program. About 15 children of all abilities took part in the inclusive program yesterday at Lara’s Serendip Sanctuary. Support organisation Amaze — working in conjunction with...

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Gain free entry to Collingwood Children’s Farm and access Amaze’s social script for ‘a real farm in the city’

greg at Collingwood Farm Tuesday 9th October, 2018: Amaze has joined forces with Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra City Council to create a social script for one of Melbourne’s great attractions. The aim is to help visitors feel comfortable and excited about their trip to the farm. Schools and parents/carers can download the social script before visiting the farm to prepare their students, children...

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Amaze delivers damning report card: The Australian education system is failing autistic students

Judy Brewer, Amaze Chair, Community attiudes launch 25-9-18 Monday 8th October, 2018: Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly, according to ground-breaking research. The research report – commissioned by Amaze, Victoria’s peak body for autistic people and their families, by the Social...

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Blake, who aims for a career in forensic science, tells how he thrives at his autism-inclusive school

Melinda and Blake Livera, Community Attitudes 2 launch 25-9-18 Tuesday 25th September, 2018: Victorian schools are failing when it comes to supporting autistic students. Amaze’s latest research shows that only 13 per cent of Victorian schools have an effective process for dealing with the bullying of autistic students and only 19 per cent adjust their sensory environment. However, there are schools, such as St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School,...

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Case study: “Inclusive education is an ingrained part of our school culture — a happy and safe place for all”

good shep Capture Tuesday 25th September, 2018: By Mary Demosthenous, Learning Diversity Leader at the School of the Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park. “My role is working together with staff, families and students with disability to support inclusive practices. We are a catholic school of 356 students – we make adjustments for approximately 65 students with a disability, 28 of which are students with...

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Why I question the supermarket Quiet Hour concept: It’s not as accessible as many people think

Joel Wilson, 2018 Tuesday 25th September, 2018: By Amaze employee Joel Wilson, who is an autistic adult in his 30s and is studying for a Communications and Media Studies degree.  A couple of weeks ago, Coles announced they were expanding their Quiet Hour initiative, taking the number of participating stores from 68 to 173. Quiet Hour occurs in these stores every Tuesday from...

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Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2019: register your interest and stay updated with news

apac 19 1 Capture Monday 24th September, 2018: The Asia Pacific Autism conference brings together people on the spectrum and their family members, service providers, researchers and policy makers as one community, so that people on the spectrum can realise their potential and achieve their best. The Asia Pacific Autism Conference, which began in Sydney in 2009, is held every second year. In...

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Final week to apply for position of Amaze non-executive board director

Business Team Meeting Connection Digital Technology Concept Friday 14th September, 2018: Established in 1967, and renamed Amaze Inc. in 2013, Amaze is a non-profit organisation operating as the peak body for autistic people in Victoria. Amaze aims for a society that respects the dignity of every autistic person and offers them real opportunities to participate and contribute. We want every autistic person to have the opportunity...

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#ActuallyAutistic shares its best and worst school experiences

photo-1514355315815-2b64b0216b14 Wednesday 12th September, 2018: #ActuallyAutistic is a popular social media hashtag that helps autistic people have a voice and discourse. Only autistic people are allowed to post to it, providing a safe, understanding place on social media for autistic people. During the week, twitter user @devjunfp asked #ActuallyAutistic what its good and bad experiences of school were and what...

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Change Your Reactions: the TV ad campaign that will change the way people think about autism

Fiona for website 2af2d4f4-1c30-4929-bee3-5b2f46e9cd1e_edited Monday 10th September, 2018: In July, Amaze sought community feedback on four potential concepts for a public education campaign to build understanding of autism. I’m writing to thank those who participated in the project and to let you know about the decisions we’ve made since that consultation and to update you on campaign progress. How it began In 2017 Amaze commissioned...

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Supermarket giant expands its ‘low sensory’ Quiet Hour to 173 stores

Coles website apture Monday 10th September, 2018: News.com is reporting that supermarket giant Coles is rolling out its autism-friendly, “low-sensory” Quiet Hour shopping experiment nationwide, with reduced noise, lighting and in-store distractions. Frank Chung writes: Coles will dim the lights, turn down the music and reduce in-store distractions at 173 stores from tomorrow as it more than doubles the number of Quiet...

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Our autism story: ‘I won’t lie, Ollie’s diagnosis was a huge blow. Six years on, we don’t want to change his autism. He has made all of us better human beings’

edited Amiatu family, 2018_edited Monday 10th September, 2018: Amaze first came into contact with the Amiatu family in 2017, when dad Elloy was putting himself through extremes of physical and mental discomfort. So thankful had Elloy and his family been for the support offered by Amaze through their autism journey that Elloy had decided to engage in the boxing match to raise funds...

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Research: Why employing disabled people makes good business sense

Set of people of different occupations Friday 7th September, 2018: The following article, by Nicole Pope, first appeared in Disability Support Guide. New research released by the Australian Government has provided a snapshot into disability employment across the healthcare, social care and education service industries. According to the research, 79 percent of Australian employers across these industries are open to hiring people with disability, however,...

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Victorian government schools receive boost funding to refresh inclusive education policies and practices

Students Answering Teacher Question Wednesday 5th September, 2018: From Victoria State Government, Education and Training. In term 3, 2018 all Victorian government schools will receive $4,800 in inclusion boost funding. The funding is to help refresh inclusive education policies and practices. The inclusion boost will help schools embed the Education for all policy. The policy articulates our expectations and vision for inclusive education for students with disabilities and additional...

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