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eSpectrum No. 115 November 2013

 What's in this edition

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 Sensitive Santa is Coming to Town!

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A visit to Santa can be an overwhelming experience for children with ASD, but thanks to the GPT Group, ‘Sensitive Santa’ is visiting four shopping centres around Melbourne this Christmas:

  • Chirnside Park
  • Dandenong Plaza
  • Highpoint Centre
  • Parkmore Centre
Amaze is working with the GPT Group to ensure that Santa and his helpers understand the characteristics, needs and concerns of children with ASD, so that their visit is a happy and enjoyable experience for everyone.
More details (including booking details)...

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 Disability Self Help Grants – Close 13 Dec

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Disability Self Help Grants provide up to a total of $10,000 (ex GST) over two years to assist self help groups to:

  • strengthen the capacity of people with a disability to live independently in their own community and actively participate in community activities
  • support members to make informed decisions about their own lives  
  • encourage a network of community peer support and information exchange for people with a disability and their families/carers
  • increase opportunities for self help groups to provide information and education on the experiences of people with a disability.

Please see the Deparment of Human Services website for further information

Applications close on 13 December. 

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 Applications still Open for Amaze Trainer Position 

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Applications are still open for a Casual Trainer to join the Amaze team. 

The Casual Trainer will deliver training programs for the Amaze Knowledge Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in various organisations throughout Victoria, and across a range of business types including early childhood services, education, disability services, employment services and corporate entities.

To find out more or view the position description please visit our website

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 Amaze Family Info Session: Thurs 21 Nov

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Don’t miss out on our final Family Information Session for 2013!

This month our Family Counsellor, Pia Wrafter, will be focusing on services and supports for parents/carers of an individual with ASD, as well as ways to reduce stress, and the likelihood of burnout.

Parents and carers of individuals on the spectrum play such an important role in their child’s life, however with the family’s energy being focused on the individual on the spectrum, parents/carer's own needs can often be overlooked. 

Two sessions will run on Thursday 21 November at the Optometrist’s Association, 28 Drummond St, Carlton

Register for the day session 10am-12pm 
Register for the evening session from 6pm-8pm 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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  Free PD for School Staff: Places Still Available

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'Social Success at School' is a two-hour session for school staff (in Government primary, secondary or special schools) aiming at equipping staff with practical strategies for supporting students with an ASD to experience social success.

The sessions are run between 4pm and 6pm so that teachers need not be absent from their classrooms.

  • 14 Nov Moe
  • 19 Nov St Albans
  • 20 Nov Frankston & Carnegie
  • 21 Nov Warrnambool
  • 27 Nov Wodonga & Bundoora
  • 28 Nov Swan Hill
  • 3 Dec Mildura
Note: This PD is limited to 3 staff members per school.

Don’t miss out, REGISTER HERE
For further information contact sarah.law@amaze.org.au or on 9657 1638

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 Eastland Village Cinema Joins Sensory Friendly Sites

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Thanks to the continued support of Village Cinemas, sensory-friendly screenings of ‘Smurfs 2‘ will be shown on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November at 11am, now at six locations in Victoria, with Village Cinemas Eastland joining in the fun!

Click here for further details.

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 PhD Opportunity with The Lab

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Together with Victoria University and The Lab, Young and Well CRC is looking to fill a unique PhD role in Melbourne developing innovative research methods, informed or mediated by technology, that respond to the needs of young people with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
This PhD project will build upon the recently released Evaluation of The Lab and is the perfect opportunity for someone looking to bring together their passion for technology and working alongside young people with their enthusiasm for innovative approaches to research.
More information

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 Run and Swim for Amaze!

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The Melbourne Biathlon, on 1 December, incorporates a swim and run along Chelsea, Edithvale and Aspendale beaches. 

Offering a variety of events for individuals over three distances, along with a Club Challenge for sports clubs and a Junior Challenge for Under 16’s, it is fun, motivating and most definitely rewarding!

Along with Everyday Hero, The Melbourne Biathlon gives participants the opportunity to raise funds for Amaze. When registering for the event, simply select your current Everyday Hero page or create a new page and select Amaze as your fundraising organisation.

Sign Up Now!

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 What's in the Library

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The Journal of Best Practice:
A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband

By David Finch

Some hints from Finch:

  • Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along. 
  • Apologies do not count when you shout them.
After five years of marriage and almost at the point of no return, David and his wife make the discovery that he has Asperger’s Syndrome. This turns out to be a large contributing factor to the breakdown of their marriage, and as a result David sets out on a quest to save his marriage he transforms himself at the same time as trying to get a better understanding of his diagnosis.

This is a funny and loving personal story, where David lets us in to his world, and on his journey to be the husband he always wanted to be. 

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 What's on in the ASD Community

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See our website for the full listing of events or to advertise your own!


14 Nov Michael Kendrick: Foundations for Building a Good Life
14 Nov ASD Community of Practice: Social Impact
15 Nov Fitness Connection for Carers
17 Nov Carers’ Pamper Day
17 Nov What It’s Like to live with Aspergers Syndrome
19 Nov Equal Opportunity Act 2010: An Overview
20 Nov ASD Community of Practice Geelong 
20 Nov Little Learners Autism Program Info Session
20 - 27 Nov ABA Counts – Census Night
21 Nov Voice and Movement Information Evening
21 Nov Little Learners Autism Program Info Session
21 Nov Supporting Parents and Carers of Children with ASD
22 Nov Fitness Connection for Carers
23 Nov Free ABA Information session: Are you new to ABA?
24 Nov Family Fun Day
25 -27 Nov Level 1 ABA Therapist Training
27 Nov ASD Community of Practice Colac 2013
28 - 29 Nov Video Interaction Guidance: Intro Training Course
29 Nov Fitness Connection for Carers
30 Nov Time 2 Train Asperger’s Seminar

1 Dec Christmas Party for Special Children Melbourne
6 Dec Fitness Connection for Carers
9 - 11 Dec Level 1 ABA Therapist Training
13 Dec Fitness Connection for Carers

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