Jade Clark, a student from Sharnbrook Upper School and Sixth Form, had to create a Social Action project for her Media course on a charity that she supports. We are proud to say Jade chose AnnaKennedyonline. She had attended one of our charity events with her father Richard which was our very first Charity Football Match organised by our Charity Champion Nicki Rodriguez. Jade wanted to create a short video to help our charity raise funds to enable us to continue supporting families and to raise more awareness. Thank you, Jade.

Bullying affects so many children and adults and the results can be damaging for them and everyone around them. If you’re suffering, speak up – (you’ll be surprised how much people will want to help), and if you see it, stand up to it. Please share, even if this makes a difference to one person.

#AntiBullyingWeek #Tomorrow

Austin Hughes and I with Joe Lyons Chair of West Ham Community Foundation at House of Commons at 25th Anniversary . Our charity has been asked to do a lot of ‘hands on ‘ work with some great children who have all too often been sidelined within school and the community.

Anna does it again!

Congratulations to Anna for such putting across our message and making us proud!

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Autism Flash Mob trio gives London a shocker during Big Dance week 2016

Spitalfields, London – 3rd July 2016, Anna Kennedy OBE, and her charity Anna Kennedy online with her Charity Champions Mala Thapar and Jo Wiggins Anand worked diligently to showcase a vibrant series of amazing Flashmobs. With Big Dance week kicking off in London over the weekend, it was an opportunity to showcase the Anna Kennedy Online Charity and to raise Autism Awareness with a difference! The public were informed of a stall to raise Autism Awareness and what followed was a line of up talented individuals dedicated to surprise passers-by that were enthralled by the public. Soul Symphony choir from Croydon started the atmosphere with a gospel sing off, followed by a high calibre group of trusted individuals suddenly, spontaneously completed a well-rehearsed performance choreographed and taught by Hannah Maxwell (Nuffield Health Studio Manager and also from Bird Gang Dance Group) who has been an avid supporter of the Charity for years. The final showdown when the public thought it was all over until, 7 chairs were lined up and to everyone’s disbelief, none other than ‘Khronos Agoria’ – Britain’s Got Talent 2016 semi-finalists who blew the atmosphere through the roof with their dynamic dance of contemporary dance that had the nation entranced performed with their flawless performance. Anna Kennedy Online and Nuffield Health members alongside the Bird Gang Dance Group had been secretly rehearsing at the Nuffield Health Club in Croydon for several weeks to perform the dance routine, which also involved individuals with Autism. The Choir Soul Symphony had also been working hard to ensure that they opened the day positively by singing “The fight song” followed by “Joyful Joyful”... read more

Our Ryan is Honoured with an Award in Memory of Princess Diana

UK autism charity, Anna Kennedy Online is delighted to announce that their young patron Ryan Wiggins has been honoured with a Diana Award. Ryan Wiggins, 15 from Watford, has received the Diana Award for his charity work for Anna Kennedy Online, including volunteering, ambassadorship and empowering other young people to change their lives, communities and families. Ryan, who has Asperger’s Syndrome works alongside the charity and rolls out leading campaigns that promote anti bullying, raise awareness of autism, and help change people’s perspectives. Since 1999, over 47,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities’ across the globe and continuing Princess Diana’s legacy. With the support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, The Diana Award aims to inspire and recognise social action in young people by going beyond its Awards programme with youth led initiatives that empower young people to achieve their full potential and make a difference. Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise incredible young people, like Ryan Wiggins who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe. The Diana Award is presented to inspirational young people who work to improve the lives of others in their schools and communities. With a growing network of over 47,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to taking action and improving the lives of others.” “Ryan is a passionate and talented individual, who has consistently battled adversity. He uses his experiences to help and improve the lives of others, and... read more


STATEMENT REGARDING BAKER SMALL FROM Anna Kennedy Online Anna Kennedy Online has received many contacts from its supporters regarding messages posted on social media by law firm Baker Small, a firm who is notorious for the approach it uses when representing Local Authorities in parental appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability tribunal and Upper Tribunal. Many of the complaints we have heard about this firm relate to the outright hostility of adopted by its practitioners along with a reluctance to adopt the “cards on the table” approach the law requires as this is seen as being in the best interests of the child. What seems to have annoyed people is Baker Small’s conduct on social media over a tribunal “win” where they deemed it appropriate to openly gloat about a disabled child being deprived of the essential provision it was believed they needed. Whilst this attitude is deplorable, it should be remembered that this firm was presumably always acting in accordance with the instructions they had been given Local Authorities who were paying for their services – using the money contributed by the taxes of the people who had, to use Bakers Smalls language, been “defeated” in their attempts to procure what was right for their children. Parents are perhaps also justified in asking why the Local Authorities who use Baker Small are “surprised” by the attitudes that have recently come to light. This astonishment on behalf of some Local Authorities is even more difficult to understand given some parents have told Anna Kennedy Online that they have made their Local Authority aware of Baker Smalls behaviour... read more

Three Men & A Little Lady

Anna Kennedy Online is celebrating fathers living with autism this Father’s Day. Adeptly titled ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’, the charity has created a film focusing on the father’s perspective of autism. Featuring three interviews from dads, and an open and honest discussion led by charity founder Anna Kennedy OBE. This never before seen candid footage offers an emotional perspective of a father’s love and dedication. “There is so much focus on mum’s and how they cope with autism, we wanted to share the father’s point of view. These interviews are rare and the difference in their responses to their female counterparts provide interesting and straightforward reactions.” – Anna Kennedy OBE, Founder of Anna Kennedy Online. The film, which was filmed at Amba Hotel, London by AKO young patron Ryan Wiggins, focuses on everyday life with children with autism. The dads featured are Sanjay Thapar, Andrew Holmes and Mick Cordwell, all who have had to make huge changes to their lifestyles and careers. “A father’s love is as important as a mother’s, and we wanted to celebrate the sacrifices and compromises that each man has made for his family. These achievements are not recognised enough and deserve positive attention, and this is what the video is doing.” Anna continues. Anna Kennedy OBE works closely with families who live with autism to help shine a positive light and help their situations. Anna has helped hundreds of families throughout the UK and globally. This film is a series of events created by the charity to help the public understand the real faces of autism, good and bad. “Our video is... read more

Autism Selfie Weekend!

Don’t forget to post your selfies this weekend on social media! We love seeing all those wonderful pictures from around the world helping raise Autism Awareness. Anna has set the ball rolling with this fab picture with Angelo. Don’t forget to add the #autismselfieweekend ! Happy snapping !   ps.  Make sure you get your Autism Hero Awards nominations in soon!... read more

Autism Hero Awards

We are excited to announce our first Autism Hero Awards to be held at the prestigious Amba Hotel – Mayfair, Bryanston Street, London, W1H 7EH on Saturday 1st October 2016. Join us for an exciting evening highlighting the outstanding work and support in the Autism community. If you know of anyone or any company you feel deserve to be recognised as ‘Autism Heros’ then download a form today and send it back to Lisa at lisa.robins@thevines.org.uk by 30th June 2016 Click here to download your nomination... read more

Autism’s Got Talent, The Mermaid Theatre, London, 7th May 2016.

With amazing performances, special announcements, and a host of celebrities, this years Autism’s Got Talent, hosted by Anna Kennedy OBE and supported by Pineapple Performing Arts, was the best year yet! Autism’s Got Talent provides a platform that showcases an array of diverse talent from performers who are on the autism spectrum. Established by autism charity, Anna Kennedy Online, the event is changing lives and the perspective of autism. This year, as well as the UK, the now renowned showcase offered acts from talented individuals and groups from around the world including Croatia, the US and Canada, proving what a global impact the event is having. The event also attracted the attention of key celebrities including Melanie Sykes, Lizzie Cundy, Robin Windsor and the BBC The A Word’s Lee Ingleby and Molly Wright. All who presented and introduced the performers on stage. “The acts this year have been phenomenal and the show was an emotional roller coaster for all involved. The level of talent is incredible, and the feedback and support has been overwhelming. AGT is a great opportunity for those with autism to get up on stage and really show what they can do. So often society views these people as difficult and uncommunicative but this event really dispels that myth, and showcased some amazing talent! Bring on 2017!” – Anna Kennedy OBE, Founder of Anna Kennedy Online Previous year success stories include a contemporary dancer who is now performing for Sadlers Wells and last year, Kaner Flex performed, who is now featured in the Calvin Klein campaign with FKA Twigs. This year, the performers include singers, dancers,... read more

Autism Is An Inspiration, Not An Illness

Being diagnosed with autism isn’t the end but the beginning of an incredible journey. Anna Kennedy shares her 20 years of living with 2 sons with autism who have gone from coming to terms with it to succeeding and achieving in school and in life. Everyone with autism deserves a... read more

Autism initiative: could Hillary Clinton’s plans work in the UK?

I was asked by Disability Horizons about Hilary Clinton’s proposal and would it work in the UK ? : Everyone might be talking about Donald Trump, but we want to focus on one of his opponents for a moment, former Secretary of Department Hillary Clinton. In January 2016 Hillary announced a series of initiatives designed to improve the life chances of people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If elected as President of The United States, Mrs Clinton would implement her “wide-ranging autism initiative” aimed at improving the lives of people with autism in the US. The initiative sounds great, but will it work and should the UK follow suit? We asked Anna Kennedy OBE, who is Founder of an autism charity, to discuss. Please see link from the article :... read more

Autism Dance Day

Experts agree that dance helps children with an autism spectrum condition develop better, and it can also help them connect more with others. Autism Dance Day is now in its fifth year and always on the last Friday of April and this year on April 29 !!! Soooo strike a pose whether it be in your office, warehouse, school , college , lounge at home wherever the mood takes you and post your photos on Facebook, tag me on Twitter @Annakennedy1 #autismdanceday The last few years have been soooo much fun raising awareness across the UK  and overseas .Come on everyone join in . Last year some of the autism groups created sponsored dance events and got their groove on to raise money for their local autism charity or our very own AnnaKennedyonline . To donate to AnnaKennedyonline Text Number 70070 Giving AKOL01 followed by £2/ £5 / £10 Donate Direct Barclays Sort Code 20 56 78 Account Number 83091856 Thank you and lets all have some Fun Fun Fun... read more

Tower Project (First Start) – London Symphony Orchestra Project – Music & Autism

The Tower Project has worked in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra in delivering workshops where by musicians from the orchestra visited the Tower Project’s First Start service building situated at the Isle of Dogs, East London. The Tower Project decided to highlight this in a visual way by creating a short film highlighting this project as their offering to Word Autism Awareness Week (2nd April – 8th... read more
AKO at HOCAnna Kennedy OBE UK Autism Ambassador, Austin Hughes Senior Behavioural Support and Training Officer, Sean Kennedy Legal Adviser and parent Jen Leavesley took to the podium in the renowned ‘Churchill Room’ to speak about autism and the 3Ds. Diagnosis, Discrimination and Disability. The average time for autism diagnosis is five years, a sad fact but unnervingly true. This length of time can lead to various complications linked to discrimination and delayed development and exposure to the correct resources and support. Read the full story here.

Think of goHenry as an online family bank account.  The solution combines a goHenry Cash card with parental controls and web and mobile apps that focus on earning, saving Spending responsibly.  It’s been designed specifically for children and their parents. It’s incredibly easy to use, it’s visual, it’s safe and it’s empowering. Read the full article here

Congratulations to all your 2015 performers!

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