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Amaze is thrilled to announce Bernadette Gigliotti for Autism & Employment Forum: book now!

Amaze is thrilled to announce that Bernadette Gigliotti, Chief Executive Officer of The Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE), will present at Amaze’s Autism & Employment Forum on 8th November The ACCE is the trading name for the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) and is a founding member of the Career Industry Council of Australia, …

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Have you got your ticket to Amaze’s Autism in Women & Girls Forum for Friday 20th October?

The needs of autistic women and girls is a subject we’ve been hearing more and more about in recent years. With good reason. Autism has been growing over the past decade _ Amaze’s most recent polling showed that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. But 70% didn’t know that the number of…

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Investigation into autism group home: Amaze responds to shock findings

Victoria’s ombudsman has found that a teenager who allegedly sexually assaulted a housemate several times in a disability group home posed a threat to residents for months because of authorities’ “shocking” failure to act. An ABC news report by Yvette Gray and Loretta Florance draws on deliberations from Ombudsman Deborah Glass, who says the housemate,…

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Call on Government to accept recommendations: Join our campaign!

In 2015, the Victorian Family and Community Services Committee established a Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over 18 months the committee received over 150 submissions, and heard from over 120 witnesses at 11 hearings across Victoria. The final report was tabled in Parliament on June 22 and contains 101 recommendations…

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Aladdin’s magical, autism-friendly performance

All of us at Amaze want to express huge thanks to those who attended the August 12 autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical. Also thanks to Disney for partnering with us to make the event possible and to the fantastic volunteer team, pictured with Michael James Scott (Genie), Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) and Hiba…

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Hello! Are you the champion we’re looking for?

Over the years Amaze has been fortunate to have many champions running, swimming or cycling and raising vital funds to support us and shape the future of autism. Are you the new champion we’re looking for? Whether you are young or old, a world record holder or professional couch potato, will you take up the…

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Amaze launches autism training events: book now

Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and other training opportunities. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have six training events across three topics available for the public to book. Early Childhood –…

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Education: A journey that starts with love

Amaze has joined forces with the Australian China Education Foundation (ACEF) to boost awareness and understanding of autism in Victoria’s Chinese community. At a function at Manningham Community Square, State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy acknowledged the collaborative work Amaze and ACEF are doing in translating and adapting information and resources related to autism. A key…

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Hanson controversy around autistic students: Amaze responds

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson created enormous controversy when she this week told parliament students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms. “These kids have a right to an education by all means,” Senator Hanson said. “But if there is a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be……

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CEO: Parliamentary Inquiry a big win for our community, but what’s next?

Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development committee tabled its 400-page report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of an 18 month long inquiry. We’re delighted to see its arrival and want to share this day with you. You may recall Amaze made a submission to the Inquiry…

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Parliamentary Inquiry into services for autistic people: what you need to know

Today the Victorian Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee tabled its report into services for autistic people in Victoria. The report is the culmination of a 18 month long inquiry, with the Committee receiving over 150 submissions, 11 hearings with over 120 witnesses, a number of site visits and an overseas study tour. The report…

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CEO: Why your participation in this short survey is vital to our work at Amaze

I believe one of the most important roles for Amaze is to ensure the voices and needs of autistic people and their families and carers are heard so that change can occur to improve the quality of their lives. In the past few years we’ve been increasing our efforts to collect the stories, seek out…

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Are you NDIS ready? Amaze’s new online resource will guide you

Evidence suggests there is a lot of confusion among National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and carers when preparing for their planning meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It’s a reason Amaze is proud to launch its NDIS Readiness Resource. Amaze’s NDIS Readiness Resource gives participants a chance to work through a checklist, identify and…

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Choosing a mainstream school for a child on the autism spectrum: what you need to know

There’s no better time than Education Week to think about your child’s schooling. If you’d like to enrol your child in a mainstream school, or change schools, it’s worth remembering that cut off dates may be determined on a school by school basis. Do you want to apply for the Program for Students with Disabilities…

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Amaze collaborates with parents on autism spectrum for ground-breaking resource

Amaze has broken new ground with the launch of its Parenting Skills Guide for Autistic Parents. This online resource, developed by Amaze in collaboration with people on the autism spectrum and in partnership with the Raising Children Network, is for parents on the autism spectrum raising children aged 0 to 11 years who aren’t on the…

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Classroom ban on fidget spinners: Amaze responds

Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer from Florida, must be bemoaning the fact that the fidget spinner craze didn’t begin 20 years ago. Hettinger had created the toy, which sells from between $2 to $90, when she saw young boys throwing rocks at police officers in Israel. She wanted to find a way to distract children…

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Amaze appoints new Chair: Shannon Eeles

Shannon Eeles was last night appointed the new Chair of Amaze. The appointment follows the resignation of Jane Evans, who has stepped down after four years of tireless effort and commitment. Shannon joined the Amaze board in 2012 and had been Deputy Chair since 2013. Shannon has many years of experience working in the autism…

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From the CEO: Amaze launches world-first research study

A key strategic goal of Amaze is to change attitudes and behaviours of governments, the private sector and the community in general so that they better understand, engage with and accept autistic people. Preliminary polling conducted by Amaze last year revealed that more than half the population had, or have had, a personal connection with autism…

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Win books including All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

Neurodiversity scholar John Elder Robison has long been a fan of author Kathy Hoopmann. He says Hoopmann’s books, including All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, “have always put a smile on my face, even as they’ve explained complex and scary issues”. Author, public speaker and psychologist Tony Attwood adds: “There is…

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Prue’s feet-first approach to art and autism

A huge canvas, black paint, bare feet and a black belt in taekwondo. Bring them together and you have Expend, a powerful art work that involves Prue Stevenson dipping her bare feet in paint and delivering hundreds of taekwondo “axe” kicks to a stretched canvas mounted on a gallery wall. This is not just a compelling…

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