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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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Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club does an Amazing thing

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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Amaze launches Strategic Plan 2018-21: shaping a positive future for autistic people

Amaze sees its role as facilitating and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience of autism. In the last two years, Amaze has actively engaged people with lived experience to guide the way our organisation works and how we design our programs and activities. What we achieved: Amaze Strategic Plan July 2015-June 2017 Some of the highlights…

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‘Autistic students learning differently doesn’t mean we should have lower expectations of educational outcomes”.

Decades of research show that children on the autism spectrum make far greater progress in mainstream classrooms than in specialist settings. In the lead-up to World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie appeared on Sky News to talk to Ahron Young about the meaning of inclusion in education. Watch the full Sky…

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Book now for Amaze training: Early childhood, Grandparents and Behaviour support plans

Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and training. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have a number of training events available for the public to book. Grandparents of Children with Autism –…

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Stars of Amaze community shine in Commonwealth Games baton relay

On 13 March 2017, Her Majesty The Queen placed her message inside a baton to begin the relay for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Almost a year later, two outstanding members of the Amaze community have had the once in lifetime opportunity to carry the baton through their town. Catriona Tyrrell, a social sciences…

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Amaze career opportunity: Community Partnerships & Capacity Building Manager

Career Opportunity: Community Partnerships & Capacity Building Manager Peak body for autistic people and their families in Victoria; Diverse role of adult training, consultancy, resource development, fund raising; Be part of dynamic senior management team to drive Amaze strategy; For 50 years, Amaze has provided information and resources to autistic people and their families, the…

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Government plan to boost employment opps for Victorians with disability

The Victorian Government this week released Every Opportunity, a plan to increase employment opportunities for Victorians with disability. We know that autistic people find getting work incredibly difficult and we hope this plan will go some way to address this. Amaze is pleased to see $2.6m to address discrimination and negative attitudes that prevent people…

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Amaze launches Capacity Building Workshops: sign up now

Amaze offers a variety of learning opportunities for the community. We provide a great range of workshops, courses, information sessions and training. Our commitment is to offer accurate, helpful, cost-effective learning opportunities to suit all needs. We have a number of workshops for you to book Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop Wednesday 21 February 2018…

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Amaze welcomes Government’s initial $22M commitment to autism

Amaze welcomes the Government’s response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people on the autism spectrum. The Government’s response to the Inquiry’s 101 recommendations shows a genuine commitment to addressing the disadvantage, stigma and discrimination that autistic Victorians face every day. “The Victorian Autism community can be confident that the Government has listened…

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Autism fund-raiser’s cycling adventure could see him stuck between a croc and a hard place 

It’s a good thing Per Thomsen, an electrician and snake catcher from Melton, doesn’t get too fussed by cynics. When the 45-year-old tells them he’s cycling from Melbourne to Cape York to raise funds for Amaze and to boost understanding of autism, they’re quick to suggest he’s lost any capacity to make sound decisions. The first thing…

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Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools: complete our survey and help inform Amaze’s submission

The Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee is conducting an Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools. We want to hear about your experiences and views so that they can inform our submission to this inquiry. Please complete this survey if you, or someone you care for has recently left or is…

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Everyday hero Elloy: ‘Why I’m getting in the boxing ring for autism’

Elloy Amiatu has seven weeks of training under his belt and he’s as “ready as I’m ever going to be” for the November 10 boxing bout to raise funds for autism awareness and understanding. “I am super nervous, but the excitement is starting to creep in,” Elloy says before he hops into the ring to…

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Help Amaze develop important new resource about learning plans

Does your child have a learning plan at school? These plans are sometimes called an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Amaze is in the early stages of developing a resource for parents and teachers to help make the meeting and plan-writing process easier and we need your feedback. Please help…

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