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How I experience and manage sensory overload

Tangle Tuesday 17th July, 2018: Sensory experiences As someone who was born in Perth, spent four years living in regional Western Australia, and then moved to regional Victoria (where I’ve lived for the last 2 ½ years), coming to Melbourne can be really overwhelming for my sensory processing. Navigating through all the foot, road and public transport traffic can be...

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Amaze develops autism public education ideas for TV ads – and we need your feedback!

2af2d4f4-1c30-4929-bee3-5b2f46e9cd1e Monday 16th July, 2018: From Fiona Sharkie, CEO, Amaze Amaze is excited to be working on Australia’s first autism public education campaign strategy for the Victorian government. Many autistic people and their families have told the government that there is a need for the wider community to better understand how autism impacts people and what they can do to...

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‘I don’t cry easily’: Amaze CEO sheds tears over donation to build understanding of autism

CFMEU 3 LH2dFGzg Monday 16th July, 2018: Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie has made an emotion-charged appearance at a CFMEU Vic-Tas barbecue, where she was presented with a cheque in support of the work we do in raising understanding and influencing positive change for autistic people, their supporters and families. CFMEU Vic-Tas generously raised over $50,000, a donation, our CEO said, that will have a significant...

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Amaze’s Sensitive Storytime Sessions coming to a library near you

SSL Friday 29th June, 2018: Amaze is proud to announce that its Sensitive Storytime Sessions resource has been included as part of the Public Libraries Victoria Network’s training for librarians. Amaze’s work means that Victorian libraries will now be more sensitive to sensory needs and easier to attend for autistic children and their families. The news was announced at a...

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Amaze thrilled to receive 2018 Public Advocate’s Award

Public Advocate Award 2018 DSCF1833 Tuesday 26th June, 2018: Amaze is thrilled to announce that the Office of the Public Advocate has recognised our work by presenting us with the 2018 Public Advocate’s Award. The award, including a work by autistic artist Adrian Segon, is in recognition of outstanding service to people with disability. Amaze Chair Judy Brewer, AO, has devoted 20 years to...

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Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club does an Amazing thing

Kangaroo Flat fundraiser Picture1 Thursday 21st June, 2018: Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club has been applauded for hosting matches to raise awareness and acceptance of autism. Senior footballers and A-Grade netballers wore alternate uniforms on the day, with a luncheon, guest speakers and fundraising activities making the event hugely successful. Kangaroo Flat FNC president Scott Mitchell and event coordinator Jason Stevens presented a...

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Win tickets to relaxed performance of the spectacular Circus Oz show, Precarious

Circus Oz apture Thursday 21st June, 2018: Amaze has a ticket give-away for a relaxed performance of the spectacular Circus Oz show Precarious. To win one of two double passes to Precarious by Circus Oz at 11am on Wednesday 27th June 2018, just go to Amaze’s Facebook page. All you’ll need to do to be in the running for tickets is like...

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Amaze announced as member of NDIS Autism Advisory Group

AmazeLife_050_1 Thursday 21st June, 2018: Amaze has announced it is a member of the newly established Autism Advisory Group for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with our colleagues from Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand, Autism CRC, AAB-ASD and the Australian Autism Alliance. We will continue to advocate to ensure the needs of all autistic people are met from the...

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Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Begin with our strategic plan and position statements

Serendip 1 Capture Thursday 7th June, 2018: Want to know where Amaze stands on key issues? Click here for information about us, Amaze’s Strategic Directions to 2040 and Strategic Plan 2018-2021. From this week we will also share with you our Position Statements on key issues such as Accessible environments for autistic people.

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Amaze announces boost for Autism Information and Support Service

Female customer services agent with Headset working in a call center Thursday 7th June, 2018: This two-year project ($858,755) pilots a multi-channel Integrated Autism Information and Support Service in Victoria with a plan for national scale up. The service provides free, independent, accessible, evidence-based autism information and support for autistic people, families and carers. The content will include diagnosis advice, service information and referrals to community and peer support. Funding...

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5 ways to share ‘Do One Thing for Autism’ on social media

Facebook Frame Wednesday 6th June, 2018: Do One Thing for Autism is Amaze’s campaign to get the Australian public to understand, support and accept autistic people. Here are some ways you can help spread the word on social media.   1. Put the ‘One Thing’ frame over your Facebook profile picture and let your network know you did one thing for...

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There is ample expertise in autism that is just waiting to be tapped: Amaze Chair tells The Australian

judy brewer Monday 4th June, 2018: Judy Brewer is highly recognised as an outstanding leader and advocate for autism having devoted the last 20 years to driving change and elevating the needs of autistic people and their families to governments and the wider community. She has today written this piece for newspaper The Australian: Ill-informed debate over eligibility and arbitrary line-drawing through...

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Amaze is developing a peer support model for the autism community

group therapy2 Wednesday 30th May, 2018: Amaze has been funded to develop an evidence-based model of peer support suitable for autistic people, their families and carers. This toolkit will provide guidance to individuals or groups who are starting new programs or running existing ones. Globally, there is growing evidence that peer support may influence behaviour change and health and wellbeing outcomes...

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Amaze launches new WebChat service

image of female hands typing Thursday 24th May, 2018: Amaze has launched a new way for people to connect with the Autism Information Advisor Service. People will be now be able to contact Amaze via instant online chat (WebChat) in addition to the existing phone and email service. The service has been created to make it easier and more accessible to contact Amaze for...

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Amaze announces new forum: preparing autistic students for transition to year 7

Early Days Margaret Clancy Indigenous 1 u- 1 Thursday 24th May, 2018: About 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,...

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Progress on the Victorian Autism Plan

Group of Diverse Various Occupations People Meeting Thursday 24th May, 2018: The Victorian Autism Plan is being developed by the Victorian Government in response to a Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people. The Inquiry report highlighted the challenges faced by autistic people and their families in Victoria, and made 101 recommendations to improve the supports, services and inclusion of autistic people. Amaze is a member...

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New resource – Autism and Learning Plans at School

Image of teacher helping children at school Thursday 24th May, 2018: Amaze has created a new online resource for parents, teachers and students to assist the process of putting together an individual learning plan for autistic students. It’s especially helpful for people who are new to the process or who want to get the most out of the process. The resource is written in simple English...

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Do One Thing for Autism

Do One Thing For Autism campaign image Monday 14th May, 2018: Amaze’s new research shows that while 98% of Australians have heard of autism, only 16% of autistic people and their families believe the public know how autism effects them. Autistic people and their families want the community to understand six ways that autism affects people: Difficulties in social situations Anxiety about unexpected changes Needing extra...

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New Amaze research highlights gap between awareness and understanding of autism

Asian father and son having a conversation Monday 14th May, 2018: Amaze has released new research today that shows Australians have a good awareness of autism, however most people don’t know what to do to support an autistic person. 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...

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Quinn Lahiff-Jenkins assault

Australian State Police Friday 11th May, 2018: Amaze was shocked to learn of the Tuesday afternoon attack of autistic teenager Quinn Lahiff-Jenkins outside of Northcote High School. It’s an attack that has shocked the autism community and the public. We extend our best wishes to Quinn and his family as they recover from the physical and psychological harm this incident has caused....

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