When it comes to finding autism information online, it can be challenging to find reliable information.
Amaze has a range of evidence-based resources for autistic people, family members, professionals and educators. Our resources are developed in consultation with autistic people and their families, and reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure they’re respectful, accurate and practical.
Amaze and the Department of Education and Training, Victoria: Transition to Secondary School
Amaze information booklet
A booklet providing an overview of autism along with some practical information on where to get help. Ideal for parents/carers who have had a child recently diagnosed, for adults with a new diagnosis, for agencies, professionals and students coming across autism for the first time.
Amaze’s newly launched national helpline called Autism Connect can also provide information, advice and referrals to help autistic people.
A resource created in 2016, written to support families and carers for people on the autism spectrum who wander.This evidence-based resource provides families and carers with guidance on why a person on the autism spectrum may wander, looks at best practice strategies in how to reduce wandering, provides information on how to access professional assistance and what to do if someone on the autism spectrum goes missing.
Autism and inclusion in kindergarten
This practical guide for early childhood teachers is linked to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Inside there’s information about autism in young children and strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment. The booklet was developed in collaboration with Dr Karen McLean at the Australian Catholic University, Early Learning Association Australian (ELAA) and early childhood teachers. It was funded by the Department of Education and Training, Victoria.
Supporting communication in and contribution to NDIS planning conversations for autistic adults with complex support needs and their parents and carers
This resource has been developed in collaboration with autistic adults with complex support needs and their parents and carers.
The resource includes:
It was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.
Important announcement – Closure of Amaze’s online learning portal (Litmos)
What is happening?
On Wednesday 5 October 2022, Amaze will be closing our online learning portal, also known as Litmos.
Litmos currently hosts free resources for parents, teachers, librarians and NDIS participants and their carers, including the Amaze NDIS Readiness Resource.
After this date, Litmos will no longer be available, and you won’t be able to access the system.
Please note, Litmos is currently not registering any new accounts.
What will the Litmos closure impact?
Any saved NDIS checklists will be impacted and lost. In advance of the closure, you will need to download any NDIS checklists you have saved in Litmos before Wednesday 5 October 2022, otherwise all this information will be lost.
All other resources previously hosted on Litmos (except for a saved NDIS checklist) are available below.
To download your existing checklist made with the NDIS Readiness tool, follow the directions in this guide – NDIS download guide- easy read
Created in partnership with NDIS participants and their families, the NDIS Readiness Resource is a free tool that gives participants a dedicated space to work through a checklist, which supports users to identify and prioritise needs, and create smart goals they can take to their NDIS planning meeting.
To download your existing checklist made with the NDIS readiness tool, follow the directions in this guide – NDIS download guide- easy read
Autism and Education Plans at School
The following resources cover the information covered in the Litmos content and more! They are a starting point for helping you to understand Individual Education Plans and how to prepare for planning meetings to get the best support for your Autistic student.
The following guide from the Association for Children with a Disability is written in plain language. It explains what an Individual Education Plan is. It includes guidance on who should contribute to the plan, what should go in it and how the plan should be used.
This comprehensive guide from the Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education covers all the same topics from our course. The content includes details on what an Individual Education Plan is, preparing for planning meetings, who to involve, how to set goals, and what comes next.
The following link includes a video and resources from Positive Partnerships. The video is a recorded webinar that explains what Individual Education Plans are. It includes information on how to prepare for planning meetings and ensure that autistic student voices are centred. There are also templates for creating social stories about the meeting and profiles for students to describe themselves and their needs.
The following resource may be helpful when deciding what to include in your Individual Education Plan. This page from Positive Partnerships includes descriptions of different areas where autistic students may need support and a tool for planning those supports.
Below is a resource for librarians that will tell you what you need to know to start sensory story time sessions at your library.
What is autism?
If you’d like more information about anything autism-related, contact the Amaze Autism Connect advisors on 1300 308 699, email [email protected] or use the webchat on this site.
This service is open from 8am–7pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).