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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 is thrilled to announce Bernadette Gigliotti for Autism & Employment Forum: book now!

Amaze is thrilled to announce that Bernadette Gigliotti, Chief Executive Officer of The Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE), will present at Amaze’s Autism & Employment Forum on 8th November The ACCE is the trading name for the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) and is a founding member of the Career Industry Council of Australia, …

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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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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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Call on Government to accept recommendations: Join our campaign!

In 2015, the Victorian Family and Community Services Committee established a Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over 18 months the committee received over 150 submissions, and heard from over 120 witnesses at 11 hearings across Victoria. The final report was tabled in Parliament on June 22 and contains 101 recommendations…

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Enough of the autism stereotypes: new Aussie cabaret team debunks myths

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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TV quiz star’s battle for autism diagnosis: so much more must be done for girls and women

TV viewers know her as The Governess, a formidable figure capable of reducing people to quivering wrecks with her icy stare. Away from the camera, a very different Anne Hegerty emerges. The star of TV quiz show The Chase is deeply passionate about an issue requiring immediate, sustained attention. Hegerty is well aware of the…

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Father’s Day special: Dads of autistic kids share their inner-most thoughts

Rob Gorski says being dad to three autistic children can be a tough gig. This is not to invalidate the challenges of everyday parenting, but Gorski says being parent to autistic children is something all together different. He is adamant it has a unique set of struggles, joys, and triumphs. To coincide with Father’s Day,…

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Neurodiverse and looking for work? Sign on here

Are you autistic and having trouble finding a job? If so, Northern Pictures would like to hear from you. The production company is making Employable Me, a documentary series for ABC Television featuring neurodiverse people who have found it challenging finding work that suits their skills and talents. “We want to show that (being neurodiverse) can…

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Love them and let them go: confronting your parental instincts

The ABC’s Australian Story recently featured the tale of a couple who decided to take an unorthodox approach to challenging their autistic son. Just as 14-year-old Sam was entering adolescence, his family insisted he embark on a six-month backpacking trip around Africa with his father, Dr James Best. This would not be overly noteworthy if…

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Aladdin’s magical, autism-friendly performance

All of us at Amaze want to express huge thanks to those who attended the August 12 autism-friendly performance of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical. Also thanks to Disney for partnering with us to make the event possible and to the fantastic volunteer team, pictured with Michael James Scott (Genie), Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) and Hiba…

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Celebrity chef Evans makes claims on diet and autism: experts respond

From the moment a child is diagnosed with autism, Professor Andrew Whitehouse writes, their 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 conference halls are lined with salespeople, letterboxes are stuffed with…

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