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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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There is ample expertise in autism that is just waiting to be tapped: Amaze Chair tells The Australian

Judy Brewer is highly recognised as an outstanding leader and advocate for autism having devoted the last 20 years to driving change and elevating the needs of autistic people and their families to governments and the wider community. She has today written this piece for newspaper The Australian: Ill-informed debate over eligibility and arbitrary line-drawing through…

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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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