Amaze Reflections

Turi Trust Gala – Saturday 17th October 2015

Amaze was extremely honored and absolutely delighted to be the chosen charity for the Turi Trust Gala Ball in 2015.

The Ball was a stunning event in every way, and enhanced further by such a strong feeling of support from guests in the room. Walking around and talking to guests at different tables, aside from many personal connections to autism, there was a genuine interest in Amaze and the work we are doing.

Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who came together to raise vital funds for our work with people on the autism spectrum and their families. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of those who supported this great event and the impact that it will have in supporting Amaze to achieve its purpose.

It’s very important that we acknowledge Kristie and Ole who recommended Amaze as the charity partner to the Turi Trust. There is no greater endorsement or reward our organisation could receive than when a family or person who receives support from Amaze expresses their appreciation in this way. It means we are doing a good job for those who need it.

Unfortunately life for people on the autism spectrum and their families can be challenging and they don’t always get to achieve the social and economic participation most of us do. We know that 86% of students on the autism spectrum face difficulty in going to school and that only 19% of people on the autism spectrum go on to achieve any post-school qualification, compared to almost 60% of those without disability. We know that 58% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed and that 63% of people on the autism spectrum have been bullied at some point in their lives.

In 2015 Amaze launched a bold and ambitious new strategic plan to build a society that respects every person on the autism spectrum and offers them real opportunities to participate and contribute.

Through the support of the Turi Trust, Amaze will undertake critical work to develop a comprehensive understanding of why these barriers exist and why children and adults on the autism spectrum aren’t fully realising their basic human right to participate in and contribute to society. Once we understand the issue and the barriers, we’ll actively work to address them by building the skills of people on the autism spectrum and building the skills of the wider world. We’ll do this by working with governments, schools and educators, social and recreational organisations, and workplaces to influence change to create a more inclusive society.

Without the support of the Turi Trust, and every person who supported the Ball, it wouldn’t be possible for Amaze to do this important work. You’re helping us take some very big steps towards achieving our vision for a more inclusive society. We believe the future for people on the autism spectrum is going to be amazing. Thank you for your part in making this happen.

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