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Amaze (Autism Victoria) is a member-based not-for-profit organisation and is the peak body for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the state of Victoria. They represent around 55,000 Victorians who have ASD and work for the benefit of all individuals and their families and to promote better understanding of ASD in the general community.

The aim of Amaze is to improve the quality of life for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, their family and carers. They also provide a range of services to individuals and agencies with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS).The organisation was initially founded in 1967 by a group of parents who struggled to find resources regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders. It was called the “Victorian Autistic Children’s and Adult’s Association” and provided a central information source predominantly for parents of individuals with an ASD. The name was changed to Autism Victoria Inc in 1999 and this continues to be the official name.

In 2011, Autism Victoria began to trade as Amaze:

  • sometimes life with an ASD can seem like ‘amaze’ and
  • sometimes life with an ASD can amaze!

The Amaze Patron is Professor Margot Prior AO, who is an internationally acclaimed researcher, teacher and clinician in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. What does Amaze do?


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