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Act for Autism forum: the wrap-up

On Monday 12 November, Amaze held the first ever State election forum on autism, Act for Autism. Watch it here Co-hosted by Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, the I-CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs, and moderated by Walkley Award-winning journalist Louise Milligan, the forum brought together the Autism spokespeople from the Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties…

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Escape the hustle and bustle: Amaze joins forces with Parks Victoria and Jells Park for new social script

Amaze has forged a fantastic relationship with Parks Victoria to increase the accessibility of its parks for autistic people. The social script resources for autistic people and families have photographs and simple text to show people what they may see and experience during a visit to a park. Jells Park is the 5th park to…

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Zac’s a happy kid who loves swimming & soccer. He’s come a long way since his parents felt scared about his autism diagnosis

Moving house can be a stressful experience for any family. For the Klassens, the transition from Sydney to Melbourne came with the added concern about how their children would settle into an unfamiliar environment. Parents Christy and Damien were acutely aware that 12-year-old autistic son Zac, who attends Yarraville Special Development School, would need extra…

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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

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’

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

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

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

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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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’

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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Survey: Help inform Amaze’s submission to inquiry into provision of Assistive Technology under NDIS

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

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

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’

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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Win the ultimate date night at magnificent Vue de Monde and raise vital autism funds

For over 50 years Amaze has been providing evidence-based information and support to autistic people and their families across Victoria. Each month over 20,000 people come to us looking for advice about autism and this raffle is to help Amaze continue with that work. Please buy a raffle ticket to support our work and ensure…

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Public Advocate Colleen Pearce honours Amaze’s ‘beautiful’ human rights goal

Amaze is thrilled to have received the 2018 Public Advocate’s Award. In her acceptance speech, Amaze Chair Judy Brewer, AO, said: “As we stand here today receiving an award for advocacy, it’s important we also remember those who came before us… before there were opportunities to self-advocate”. Following is the Office of the Public Advocate’s…

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Parents and carers: Sign up for Amaze’s free Early Days Workshops

Amaze’s Early Days Workshops are for parents and carers of young children (aged 0 – 6) who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or who are currently undergoing a diagnosis. Amaze facilitates these workshops in Victoria. Workshops are free for parents and carers. Burnside “My Child and Autism”- 3rd August “Understanding Behaviour (2 PARTS)”-…

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True grit: fundraisers stomp the stairs for Amaze at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 

It’s the ultimate stair climbing challenge. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the largest stadiums on the planet, boasting a seating capacity of 100,024. That’s a lot of seats, which means a lot of stairs. Stadium Stomp MCG offers the chance to nominate a charity, then climb your way up, down and around the…

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‘He holds hands and gives me cuddles now’: Son’s progress inspires mum’s Amaze fundraiser

When Fay Forde’s son, Christopher, received his autism diagnosis, the family was “in a state of shock”. Assisting Fay greatly in navigating her way through the post-diagnosis phase was Amaze’s Autism Advisor Team. It prompted Fay to gather family and friends for a Mamma Mia 2 fundraiser at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre, with ticket sales resulting…

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

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

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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