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Behaviours of concern: participate in Amaze’s important survey

Amaze is surveying families of children with a disability about behaviours of concern. We invite you to do this survey. Behaviours of concern is when a person’s behaviour puts themselves or others at risk. We hope to learn more about these kind of behaviours and what parents do to help. The results will help us…

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Interviewing autistic people: the pre-interview and pre-photography checklist

The Interview The aim of this interview and photography checklist is to assist you in presenting the person and their story in a respectful, accurate and dignified way. *(See Fig 12) • A guiding principle in the autism community is “Nothing about us, without us”. Aim to give the autistic person a voice. It can…

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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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Enough of the autism stereotypes: ‘Aspies’ take on Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Everyone expects Ryan Smedley to be shy. It comes with the territory, he says, when people learn he has Asperger syndrome. Such misunderstandings are part of the reason he has joined forces with Sophie Smyth to form a cabaret show, The Aspie Hour. Graduates from Federation University’s Arts Academy, they explore their experiences with autism…

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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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Celebrating difference: Producer calls for participants in TV dating & relationships series

Northern Pictures has announced Employable Me, which follows neurodiverse people seeking employment, will screen on ABC TV in April. The hope is that the series will help employers, and the wider community, understand more about neurodiversity and encourage people to “look beyond a condition and see the skills and talents an individual can bring to a workplace”. The…

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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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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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80 per cent of autistic kids have trouble with sleep: Australia’s world-first intervention put to test

A world-first Deakin University trial is aiming to address a big issue faced by most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – a lack of sleep. Study investigator Dr Emma Sciberras, from the Deakin Child Study Centre in the School of Psychology, said the trial would explore whether improving kids’ sleep could bring wide-ranging benefits…

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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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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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How to make Christmas magical for autistic children, from parents who know

Amy Packham, life writer at HuffPost, has discovered bright lights, loud music, sitting on a stranger’s knee and busy crowds can make the festive season a period of panic and dread for autistic people. “As the nights draw in and the bonfire embers fizzle out, the countdown for Christmas for the rest of the world begins…

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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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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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