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Supermarket giant expands its ‘low sensory’ Quiet Hour to 173 stores

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

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

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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Video games and autism: helpful or harmful?

Video gaming remains one of the most polarising forms of entertainment. A quick scan of media coverage on the topic reveals a lack of consensus, with reporting on the effects of gaming adopting either a strongly positive or negative stance. This can make navigating the world of video games, especially for someone who doesn’t play…

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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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Stopping bullying in its tracks: how one teacher is said to have changed countless children’s lives

A teacher is said to have found a great and simple way to stop bullying before it starts. Every Friday, this maths teacher asks her students to write down four names on a piece of paper _ the names of four classmates they would like to sit with the following week. They must also nominate…

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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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‘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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Media reporting of crime and autism: Amaze says it’s time to face the facts

Amaze, like all of Melbourne, was shocked and saddened to hear of the recent murder of Eurydice Dixon in Carlton North. Media reporting that the alleged perpetrator of this crime is autistic adds nothing to the story and is not necessary in the reporting of the story. Furthermore the references of autism being a mental…

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Amaze announced as member of NDIS Autism Advisory Group

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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