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Amaze commissions research and the report card is in: The Australian education system is failing autistic students

Judy Brewer, Amaze Chair, Community attiudes launch 25-9-18 Tuesday 25th September, 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 released today. The research report – commissioned by Amaze, Victoria’s peak body for autistic people and their families, by...

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

86d1e7a0-f374-4191-a5e7-2982a252cdb1 Monday 24th September, 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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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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Survey: Help inform Amaze’s submission to inquiry into provision of Assistive Technology under NDIS

assistive tech Capture Wednesday 5th September, 2018: The Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has announced an inquiry into the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) under the NDIS. Click here if you would like to read the Terms of Reference to the Inquiry What is Assistive Technology? For NDIS purposes, AT refers to any device, equipment...

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Lives of autistic people and families to be transformed: MCH nurses to be trained in detecting early signs of autism

otarc Capture Wednesday 5th September, 2018: The lives of autistic people and their families are set to be transformed, with all babies born in Victoria to be monitored for early signs of autism during routine health checks. This means more children will be diagnosed much earlier than currently and will receive life-changing intervention with improved long-term outcomes. Thanks to funding from...

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Amaze’s Prue Stevenson: Creating a social script for National Gallery of Victoria’s incredible Relaxed Morning program

NGV 2 Capture Friday 31st August, 2018: Amaze has worked with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to develop social scripts for NGV International on St Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square. The NGV is a place for everyone and these scripts are designed to help autistic children and their families prepare for their visit to...

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Appalling TV comedy sketch prompts Amaze to offer Channel 10 staff training in autism

Good Hospital 1 Thursday 23rd August, 2018: Amaze was this week appalled to see a sketch about autism on Channel 10 comedy show Skit Happens. The sketch, a parody on medical drama The Good Doctor, prompted us to write to the TV network asking them to review their decision to screen the show. Following is the letter Amaze wrote to Network Ten CEO...

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Amaze consultant Prue set to deliver a mighty kick with her taekwondo autism training

Prue Stevenson, Expend Capture Thursday 23rd August, 2018: Australian Taekwondo is to work with Amaze to provide autism training for instructors and members. Initial sessions will take place in Melbourne with the aim of helping autistic taekwondo players. The governing body has highlighted athlete Prue Stevenson – an autistic taekwondo player who works with Amaze as a consultant. Her love for the sport...

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Autism Advisory Group sets NDIS priorities: Amaze encouraged by ‘collaborative approach’

Sheridan family, Rian, Emily, Kayla, 2018 Image by Bonnie Savage AmazeLife_050 Thursday 23rd August, 2018: Amaze is a member of the new Autism Advisory Group. This media release is from Ministers for the Department of Social Services The new Autism Advisory Group (AAG) will provide a strong voice on behalf of people with autism who are participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said...

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Jonathon’s autism story: While you might be considered ‘different’, you’ve got the potential to be an amazing employee

Tan AmazeLife_010 Wednesday 22nd August, 2018: A focused Jonathon Tan moves quickly, playing his part in ensuring the kitchen at Alphington’s Becca Foodstore runs smoothly. Watching him work, it’s not just apparent that he loves his job, but also that he brings a humor to Becca that’s helped him establish a great rapport with his workmates and customers. It’s an example...

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