Amaze advocates on behalf of the autism community for change to service and funding models and programs, government regulation and legislation, to improve support for autistic individuals and their families.
Advocacy is speaking, writing or acting to promote, protect and defend someone’s human rights.
Advocacy is about ensuring people have access to the services and supports they need, are treated with respect, protected from discrimination and safe from harm of all kinds.
People can advocate for themselves, or someone can advocate on their behalf. That’s what Amaze does – we’re an advocate for the autism community!
Amaze uses systemic advocacy to shape a better future for autistic people in Victoria. This involves consulting with the autism community to better understand what matters to autistic people and their families, and gather stories to support our research.
Amaze then develops policies and submissions for government and other important bodies, which outline the issues, challenges and ambitions of the Victorian autism community in relation to particular issues.
For example, when the Victorian Parliament created an Inquiry into Services for People with ASD, Amaze used the information and ideas of more than 500 autistic people and supporters to inform a details evidence-based submission about early intervention, education, employment, NDIS transition, restrictive interventions and the economic cost of autism. You can read more about that Inquiry here.