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Maggie, 11, was bullied and had to find a new school. Mum tells how Maggie found the strength to leave the house again

Melbourne mum Wendy Proimos says a shopping centre visit can be a daunting experience. Daughter Maggie and son Ted were diagnosed with autism at 3 1/2 and Wendy says there can be huge challenges, particularly for Maggie, in coping with sensory overload. Wendy says of Maggie: “It took time for us to find the right…

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Forget medical drama The Good Doctor – another show delivers TV’s ‘most accurate’ portrayal of autism

My View: By rising film-maker Scott Day, who is doing student placement at Amaze. “The Good Doctor doesn’t resonate with me specifically as I do not feel it represents me as a person. Not everyone on the spectrum is a genius with superhuman-like abilities like Shaun Murphy or Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory….

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Video: Star tells why he’s ‘excited’ to be bringing you a relaxed performance of `The Curious Incident’

Sam Newton, who plays the lead role of Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has expressed excitement about the forthcoming relaxed performance of the hit stage production. See Sam Newton VIDEO “We’re excited about our relaxed performance,” Sam says. “We’ll lower the lighting, lower the sound and the strobe lighting effects….

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Australian-first trial investigates impact of highly-trained dogs on autistic children

Researchers from Sydney University are undertaking a trial to analyse the interaction between autistic children and dogs. The trial, being conducted in partnership with Assistance Dogs Australia, will analyse 375 hours of interaction between 75 autistic children and the dogs to find out why dogs reportedly ease some of the challenges faced by children. A…

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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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Theatre: Tom’s bold, brilliant way of opening the world’s eyes to autism

It’s been said that having an authentic identity is the highest form of intelligence. It’s a theory that springs to mind when interviewing playwright Tom Middleditch, a relentlessly dynamic thinker whose thoughts and insights into autism come at you with both speed and precision. Unlike many who have attempted to write about autism for the…

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Multivitamins, pregnancy and autism claims: Amaze responds

Professor Andrew Whitehouse has written extensively on autism and how families respond to diagnosis. From the moment a child is diagnosed, he says, the family enters the unknown. Professor Whitehouse, who directs the Autism Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute and is Chief Research Officer for Autism Cooperative Research Centre, describes a world where…

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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. Developing an Individualised Behaviour Support Plan…

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Four autistic people in family of six: a lesson in the vastness of the spectrum

Jessica Offer, a contributor for The Mighty, offers some insightful thoughts on living with the spectrum: How many times have I heard the phrase, “She doesn’t look autistic to me”? Too many times to count, that’s how many. But here’s the thing: No two autistic people are the same. So once you’ve met one autistic person, you have…

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Amaze CEO: Why our police must be trained in autism

It was a story met with community outrage. Video showed Victoria Police officers restraining a child _ the boy doubled over on the ground as the officers held him down. ‘I can’t let him kick people’ One officer says: “This is ridiculous, you’re not going to hurt my members or me, OK? … Shut up, you…

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Carers Week special: mums, dads write from the heart

National Carers Week (October 15-21) sets out to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of carers. Amaze is well aware of the extraordinary work done by carers in our community, so we thought it an appropriate time to share some insights from people who are carers, or rely heavily on carers, in their daily lives….

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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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Amaze is thrilled to announce Olivia Hill for Autism & Employment Forum: book now!

For Elise Muller, going to school as an autistic student was “like living with a disability in an ableist society”. How she has come to embrace her autism and forge a career as a personal trainer and mentor makes Elise, 20, a great signing for Amaze’s Autism & Employment Forum on 8th November. Elise says:…

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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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‘Aspie’ diagnosis of son slipped past world expert Tony Attwood: your response

The much-lauded series Australian Story has a reputation for offering deep insight into those it profiles. That guaranteed Australia’s autism community would be watching in big numbers when the show explored the life of world-renowned clinical psychologist Professor Tony Attwood, who is credited with writing the “bible” on Asperger’s syndrome. Startling was Professor Attwood’s candour…

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Your chance to win this incredible Thomas the Tank Engine!

Who’s that puffing down the track? It’s Thomas the Tank Engine and we’re hoping you can help us find him a new home and new friends and in the process raise money for a great cause! Buy your tickets here - https://www.rafflelink.com.au/thomas2017 Until recently, Thomas was much loved by a couple of autistic children in Melbourne,…

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What does spectrum mean to you? Comic busts some myths

Rebecca Burgess, a freelance artist and illustrator, is frustrated by the way many people perceive autism. She has attempted to cut through the confusion by creating a comic explanation for “the spectrum”. Burgess maintains that the spectrum can be best described by dispensing with a linear autism spectrum image. She dismisses the notion that you’re…

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Have you got your ticket to our 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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The incredible story of a little girl and her swim-loving therapy cat

For years, mum Arabella tried to encourage daughter Iris to speak. It was a tough task. Iris didn’t talk or impart. She kept away from other kids and declined to play with even her parents. One day, Arabella was doodling on a bit of paper when three-year-old Iris strolled up to her, apparently intrigued by…

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Autism, pregnancy and motherhood: special report says women overcome ‘systemic abuse’ to become great mums

Amaze’s most recent polling shows that 52% of Australians have a personal connection with autism. Concerning, however, is that 70% of those polled did not know that the number of autistic females is increasing. Amaze recognises that understanding and acknowledgement of autistic women and the specific nature of their autism needs far greater exposure. At…

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