Spectrospective: Stories of Autism is Amaze’s response to World Autism Awareness Day.

We believe that raising awareness and more importantly increasing levels of understanding about autism in the community best comes from autistic people telling their own stories about autism, from their own lived experience. Spectrospective is a creative platform for people on the autism spectrum, their families and their supporters, to share their individual stories of autism via the creation of their own short  lm.

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About Amaze

Amaze is the peak body in Victoria for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters. Amaze is a member-based not-for-profit organisation established in 1967 that represents around 55,000 Victorians on the autism spectrum.

Our three main goals are to: - Increase community awareness and understanding of autism;

  • Improve attitudes and behaviours towards people on the autism spectrum;
  • Create more opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate and contribute to society in meaningful ways.

For more information visit www.amaze.org.au

More Information

Visit www.amaze.org.au

About Autism

aAutism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the brain’s growth and development. It is a lifelong condition, with symptom that appear in early childhood.

What can autism look like for someone:

  • Challenges with communication and interacting with others
  • Repetitive and different behaviours, moving their bodies in different ways
  • Strong interest in one topic or subject
  • Unusual reactions to what they see, hear, smell, touch or taste
  • Preference for routines and dislike of change
  • Autism can affects the way that individuals interact with others and how they experience the world around them.
  • Autism is not a disease. People are born on the autism spectrum. It is a lifelong condition and there is no cure, but the way it affects people may change over time as a person grows and matures.
  • Approximately 1% of the population is on the autism spectrum. Currently, four times as many males are diagnosed than females.

For more information visit www.amaze.org.au

More Information

Visit www.amaze.org.au

Make a film

Since 2015 Spectrospective has asked the autistic community to tell their stories. The objective being to give our community a voice, help the world better understand autism and offer autistic people greater opportunities to participate in the world.

Each year we ask autistic people, parents, carers, friends, and supporters to consider answering one or more questions to help tell build their stories of autism and give Spectrospective a focus. Questions such as:

  • What do you wish people knew about being autistic?
  • What does being autistic mean to you?
  • What do you like about your autism?
  • What don’t you like about your autism?
  • What positive changes have other people made to support your autism at school, at work or in the community?

We also suggest that autistic people and their supporters might like to tell us or show:

  • Things you like to do
  • Things you are good at
  • Things you like to collect
  • Your special interest or favourite thing
  • A funny story about your autism

Spectrospective is a platform that has been created to give autistic people a chance to share stories of autism with the rest of the world and has happened in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

More Information

Visit www.amaze.org.au

Host an Event

Now’s the time to register your school, workplace or community group to support World Autism Awareness Day. There are 250,000 Australians living on the autism spectrum yet to most of us what that means remains a mystery. You can play an important role in increasing understanding of autism be encouraging your school, workplace or community group to host an event.

Decide on your event format. Set a date. Register your fundraising event. Put a team together. Focus on raising awareness and fundraising. Send the invites Imagine the satisfaction you’ll gain if you play a leading role in generating conversation about autism in your workplace or community group. You and your colleagues can learn about autism together by hosting a gold coin event in April as part of Spectrospective. Register here: www.spectrospective.com.au/workplace

Primary and secondary schools can play an integral part in increasing understanding about autism by hosting a gold coin event, showing the Spectrospective film, or adding it to the curriculum. Spectrospective can be applied to the Victorian Curriculum F-10. It’s an incredible opportunity for teachers, schools and those connected to the school community to think about creating a more inclusive future for all. Register for School Fundraising and/or Project Information: www.spectrospective.com.au/schools

By taking part in Spectrospective, schools, workplaces and community groups are sending a powerful message of support to the 250,000 Australians living on the spectrum. It’s time to decide on your event format and date, register your event, work with your team to create fundraising and autism awareness ideas. Once you’ve done that, send the invitations! Bank the funds. After your event, the easiest way to bank your funds is to make a donation online at www.amaze.org.au or you can make an EFT transfer or deposit funds at a Commonwealth Bank brand. Our bank account details can be found here.

For more detailed information download our Event kits from the Resource page:

  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Community Groups

More Information

Visit www.amaze.org.au