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Victorian Election Autism Forum on 12 Nov

Please join Amaze, Aspergers Victoria, Different Journeys, I CAN Network and Yellow Ladybugs for a special Victorian State Election autism forum. 12 November, 2018 from 6–7.30pm  State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room (Entry 5 on LaTrobe St) Representatives from Victorian Labor, Liberal, Greens and Reason parties to attend Tickets are free – register here Since…

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TV quiz star Anne Hegerty, praised for speaking candidly about autism, is headed to ‘snake-infested Australian jungle’ for reality series I’m a Celebrity…

Anne Hegerty, best known as the hard-nosed Governess on quiz show The Chase, has won widespread praise for her candour in discussing the impact of being autistic. And it seems we’re about to learn a whole lot more about what makes the hugely intelligent Hegerty tick. The UK media reports that Hegerty is about to…

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Parents of picky eaters hear this all the time: ‘She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough’. Here are some diet solutions

If you’re the parent of an autistic child, there’s every chance you’ve heard plenty of well-intentioned, but unhelpful advice when it comes to picky eating. Do any of these comments sound familiar? “She’ll eat if she’s hungry enough.” “Give him to me for a week. I’ll get him to eat.” “She doesn’t have a problem…

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Zac’s a happy kid who loves swimming & soccer. He’s come a long way since his parents felt scared about his autism diagnosis

Moving house can be a stressful experience for any family. For the Klassens, the transition from Sydney to Melbourne came with the added concern about how their children would settle into an unfamiliar environment. Parents Christy and Damien were acutely aware that 12-year-old autistic son Zac, who attends Yarraville Special Development School, would need extra…

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Amaze secures education expert and human rights advocate Charie Roberts for Autism Regional Roadshow events in Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Wodonga and Bendigo

Amaze has secured the talents of Charie Roberts for its Autism Regional Roadshows. Charie is a qualified adult educator with extensive experience in vocational education and has worked in both primary and secondary schools as a disability and autism specialist with a focus on inclusive practices. “I have a strong commitment to human rights and…

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How do you know when it’s autism and when it’s a personality trait? Australian screening test hailed as ‘most successful in world’

Autism is widely misunderstood, a fact made glaringly apparent when Amaze this year released Community Attitudes and Lived Experience of Autism research. The findings reveal nearly all Australians (98%) have heard of autism, and 86% of people have contact with an autistic person. One in five people has an autistic friend, and one in four has…

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Watch The Birthday Party: a film to help educators, health care workers and parents identify autism signs in children

This film has been designed to help professionals working in education, health-care and social services to identify the signs of autism in children. We also think it could be a valuable resource for anyone, including parents, to gain additional insight into autism. The film is designed to be a supplement to a training session. No background…

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This week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears: Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by TV

A scene in this week’s episode of The Good Doctor left me in tears. Yes, this autistic can get very emotionally overwhelmed by what he sees on TV, and that includes everything from real-life news to fictional dramas. The Good Doctor episode includes a plotline where Lea’s back. However, Shaun is not happy. He continues…

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Sensory-friendly design enters the classroom: any setting can be retrofitted to improve its sensory environment 

Amaze last month released a research report revealing that the education system is failing autistic students in Australia. Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly. In response to the report’s…

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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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Amaze delivers damning report card: The Australian education system is failing autistic students

Autistic students have the worst educational outcomes of any students with a disability, with almost all (97%) facing difficulties in their education and more than half (56%) saying they’ve been treated unfairly, according to ground-breaking research. The research report – commissioned by Amaze, Victoria’s peak body for autistic people and their families, by the Social…

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Blake, who aims for a career in forensic science, tells how he thrives at his autism-inclusive school

Victorian schools are failing when it comes to supporting autistic students. Amaze’s latest research shows that only 13 per cent of Victorian schools have an effective process for dealing with the bullying of autistic students and only 19 per cent adjust their sensory environment. However, there are schools, such as St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School,…

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Why I question the supermarket Quiet Hour concept: It’s not as accessible as many people think

By Amaze employee Joel Wilson, who is an autistic adult in his 30s and is studying for a Communications and Media Studies degree.  A couple of weeks ago, Coles announced they were expanding their Quiet Hour initiative, taking the number of participating stores from 68 to 173. Quiet Hour occurs in these stores every Tuesday from…

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Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2019: register your interest and stay updated with news

The Asia Pacific Autism conference brings together people on the spectrum and their family members, service providers, researchers and policy makers as one community, so that people on the spectrum can realise their potential and achieve their best. The Asia Pacific Autism Conference, which began in Sydney in 2009, is held every second year. In…

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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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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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