Exciting News! ‘Arts charity team up with Autism Ambassador in a new competition’ – great opportunity to win a £500 camera!

Exciting News! ‘Arts charity team up with Autism Ambassador in a new competition’ – great opportunity to win a £500 camera!

UK arts charity MMBF Trust has teamed up with Anna Kennedy OBE to provide opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum. The scheme set to be called the  MMBF Anna Kennedy Award, will launch on the 1st of August and run until the 1st of October 2017 and will present a wonderful chance for an aspiring filmmaker within the autism community to win a DSLR film camera with a runner up set to receive a 1-2-1 film making day course and mentoring from the Trust plus a camera worth £500!!! 

Megan Turner, chair of MMBF Trust told us ‘This scheme presents a wonderful opportunity to support minority groups that are very talented but greatly underrepresented within the current film industry. She added ‘schemes such as Autism’s Got Talent have shown us how much impact support and opportunities are needed within the autism community’.  ‘ I want to thank everyone involved and I am so excited to launch this new opportunity in partnership with MMBF Trust .’ Anna Kennedy OBE

You can apply for the scheme from the 1st August here: https://www.mmbf.co.uk/anna-kennedy/4593952306

MMBF Trust is a fund set up to support young people with an interest to follow a career within the film industry or young people who would like to become pilots. The fund was founded by Matthew C. Martino. www.mmbf.co.uk

Autism’s Got Talent – red carpet preview by the 888 Crew YouTube Channel

Autism’s Got Talent – red carpet preview by the 888 Crew YouTube Channel

The 888 crew filmed and had the great pleasure of hosting the red carpet and interviewing the Celebrities:

“Inspirational Talent at Autism’s Got Talent, 6th Annual Performance Show organised by Anna Kennedy OBE in Association with Pineapple Performing Arts School at The Mermaid Theatre back in May. The evening was fabulous & Inspirational, full of amazing talent. Here is a sneak preview interview with Celebrity Actress: Kacey Ainsworth one of many wonderful guests and talent interviewed that night. See Full Interviews & Footage by heading over to The 888 Crew Youtube Channel (Please also subscribe to the channel, Thank You)” Click here to have a sneak preview  


Note: You can only view video on a laptop and not mobiles or set tops at the moment due to YouTube copyright law on certain music.

Staff Training and Reasonable Adjustments

Staff Training and Reasonable Adjustments

Any business needs to approach the issue of disability from the perspective of both their staff and their customers. For a company to be fully inclusive, the importance of both groups need to given equal weight. But for inclusion to work, it is important to stress that its not spending money that is key, it is having the right values.

Anna Kennedy Online can help with this process as far as autistic spectrum disorders is concerned. This is what we can do:

Staff: for any member of staff who has a disability that complies with the definition given in the Equality Act 2010 is entitled to have reasonable adjustments made for them. The purpose of such adjustments is to remove the substantial disadvantage they may be subjected to as a result of aspects of work carried out in the company. By offering training about how autism affects adults in the workplace, a company is able to devise a toolkit which can be used internally to make reasonable adjustments.

Customers: All companies want to maximise customer satisfaction. But a customer who has and ASD can have a very different experience to those who have not. Again, reasonable adjustments should be made. Staff training can better equip colleagues to deal with who to deal with any challenges that arise when meeting the needs of customers who have an ASD.  By raising staff awareness, staff can start to employ the skills they have learned and this helps all concerned.

Please contact Lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com for further information.




Autism ambassador offers Paddy McGuiness and his wife support

Autism ambassador offers Paddy McGuiness and his wife support

Last week on the fourth birthday of their kids Penelope and Leo’s, Paddy McGuinness‘ wife Christine revealed that the twins had been diagnosed with autism in a touching Instagram post. Leading autism ambassador Anna Kennedy OBE has told us “Naturally, it can be a worrying time for parents who may have just found out their child might have autism, or have been told they definitely do, especially if it’s their first encounter with autism and they don’t have previous experience.”

Discussing how these parents can be supported Kennedy added “Once you have been given a diagnosis for your children it takes a little time to process the information and obviously can be a worrying and uncertain time for parents. “Support from your family is key and since Paddy and his wife’s twins have been diagnosed at 4 they can benefit from early intervention which is key.”

McGuinness who already admitted that he “feels like he’s drowning” since his twins were diagnosed with autism, has since been showered with love and support by thousands on social media.

Kennedy added “Consistent support in place from the nursery or school placement such as Speech and Language therapy to support the children in their day to day learning is so important.” Discussing her own personal experience in a candid manner Kennedy who has 2 sons now aged 27 and 24 said “Both my boys have taught me so much about myself.”

Kennedy the founder of leading autism charity Anna Kennedy Online discussed her zeal to assist McGuiness and his wife as she told us “I would like to reach out to the McGuinness’ and help them in any way I can through the charity”

Source: https://www.essexmagazine.co.uk/2017/07/ambassador-autism-offers-paddy-mcguiness-and-his-wife-support/