In 1967, a group of parents who were struggling to find autism resources set up the Victorian Autistic Children’s and Adult’s Association. It provided a central information source and supported autistic individuals and their families. The organisation was renamed Autism Victoria Inc in 1999 and again renamed Amaze in 2013.
Today, Amaze is the peak body for autistic people and their supporters in Victoria.
Amaze builds autism understanding in the community, influences policy change for autistic people and their families/supporters, and provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.
Free phone, email and web chat service, providing information, support and referrals to services that can help you further.
Free information and education sessions for families with young children who have recently been diagnosed with autism.
Building the capacity of professionals, businesses and community organisations to support autistic people.
A free fortnightly online newsletter for the autism community.
Quality, evidence-based information and learning available 24×7 for individuals, families and professionals.
Working to influence change in priority areas, including access to assessment, education, employment and the NDIS.
This strategy builds upon the foundations of Amaze’s 50-year history of supporting the autism community in Victoria. Autism is a lifelong condition and we are here for Autistic people of all ages.
Our strategic priorities for the next five years reflect the areas that we believe will have the greatest opportunity for impact for the community.
We recognise our ambitions are significant and we don’t shy away from this.
Our plan highlights the importance of working in collaboration with others to achieve our goals. We believe we are stronger with a shared voice and that working together leads to greater shared success.
Our updated Strategic Plan outlines:
Amaze acknowledges the traditional owners of the land where we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to elders past, present and emerging.