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Anna Kennedy Online supports WeThe15:
A global human rights movement for the 1.2 billion persons with disabilities

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Autism’s Got Talent 2021 – the highlights!

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Here are the highlights for our Autism’s got Talent 10 year Birthday show!!!

A massive thank you to our Patron Russell Wiggins and Cath Boggan for creating this footage.

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Autism’s Got Talent 2022 applications are now open!!

We are looking for singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and gymnasts.

Plus, those with more unusual acts to share.

Click here to apply – closing date for entries is on 30th April 2022.

Show us your Talent!!

Click here to watch the Autism’s Got Talent – highlights from previous years!

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Bullying – an article by our Ambassador Paul Isaacs

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This is personal perspective of how I internalised, rationalised and brought closure to the psychological and on occasion physical abuse I endured.

Inner Worlds Project Actions 

The way in which I rationalised bullying was to understand that they had challenges in their own right (anxiety, mood, attachment, info processing) that could come from their environment or otherwise.

At the very least they gave me a foundation of how not to treat others and at the very most I wish they them well in their future, connected endeavours and thank them.

Closure & Objectivity

Closure came when I humanised their actions that they themselves were and are people – this doesn’t mean that agree with bullying nor that I would be (presentence) in their company.

However having closure is coming at peace with the past understanding whom you really are a lengthy but worthy process.

Conclusion and Reflection

I do not want to be accepted by others in the most superficial and fawning senses (it repeats the cycle of victimhood/victimisation) – one must come to the reality that accepting yourself first is a worthy venture

Paul Isaacs 2021

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Touch for Mental Health and Self Care

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An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

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Well, I have to say that absolutely everywhere I went last week people were at breaking point. Exhausted, emotional, and overwhelmed. Students, staff, other therapists, and doctors. This really is a huge pandemic, and the UK are coming up as the very worst effected, with eighty-four men a week taking their own lives.

As we know, if you are neurodiverse, you are 2-6x more likely to pick up a mental health issue or illness already, so we really do need to be on red alert with this.

As a parent, teacher or other professional we also need to keep ourselves topped up or we will be running on empty with nothing left to give.

The tips I have shared on this week’s YouTube video can be used as gentle massage or acupressure. They can be self-administered, mirrored, or even applied in the situations where you are able to use touch.

The yin tang point between your eyes is a point where that continual chatter of the brain quietens and calms right down. It is a concentration point too so brings great mental clarity; often hard to find when our brains are exhausted and at breaking point.

The KD27 points just below the neck aid enormously with depression and mental clarity. Either press, hold and release these points or gently massage them.

The LU1 points work on releasing and easing anxiety and fear. Eighty percent of what we worry about never actually happens anyway so pressing and releasing these points or massaging them helps bring acceptance, letting go of expectations, brings clarity to the brain and positivity.

The CV17 point right in the middle of your chest is a deeply calming and centering point. It alleviates grief and nervousness. It helps with emotional imbalance. Used daily this can have a significant impact.

The KD24 points stimulate empowerment, self-worth and enhance positivity. Huge weapons in this battle against mental health.

Lastly the GB20 points either side of the top of the neck is where the all-important vagus nerve begins: the largest nerve of the central nervous system, this pushed up the blood, oxygen, and the neurotransmitter Dopamine to the brain. Not only does this boost our feelings of being able to cope and function but it also boosts attention, focus and motivation.

These points also relieve depression and confusion. By pressing and releasing or massaging here it stimulates the brain and mental clarity. It also enhances positivity!!

So, let us do our daily bit to help ourselves while doctors cannot see anyone face to face and the waiting lists for camhs, therapists and even crisis teams grow longer and longer.

I wish you all a positive week. We will get through this – together.

Warm wishes, Giuliana xx

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/rainbow-kids-club/

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Take it one day at a time 

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My Top Tips when your son or daughter is given an Autism spectrum diagnosis.

I remember when both my sons who are now 28 and 31 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.

At first it felt like an explosion had gone off in my head and I thought ‘Did I do something wrong in my pregnancy? ‘

Afterwards I thought to myself I do not smoke or drink. I did light exercise walking and dance so no I dont think so.

I was looking for someone or something to blame which is a natural reaction after been given this information.

I just wanted to share with parents that once your son or daughter is given the diagnosis:

Let yourself feel everything you feel: Please know it is okay to be mad, sad and angry. You will feel a variety of conflicting emotions. It is even okay to wallow in self-pity a bit. Some parents even go through a short grieving process.

Don’t blame yourself: Please don’t blame yourself or your partner . We all do the best we can with the information we are given at the time.

Take Charge: Taking charge will make you feel less helpless. Information is power, and there is so much more information now available than when both my sons were diagnosed in 1994 and 1997.

Don’t believe everything you are told about autism: You know your child better than any health care professional. And no one should tell you what your child will not be able to do.

Take one day at a time.

Speak to other parents and autistic adults: Parents of autistic children and autistic adults can often be your best support because they know what you are going through. You can share ideas and strategies and they will take time out to listen to you.

Make time for yourself: I didn’t do this for ten years since I felt guilty and felt I had to put all my energy into fighting for my children and secure them appropriate education even on 3 hours sleep or no sleep. If you burn out you are no good to anyone !

It’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing the best way you can.

Take one day at a time some days good some days not so good.

Never give up hope ?

Anna Kennedy OBE 

Chairperson

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Anna Kennedy Online supports WeThe15:
A global human rights movement for the 1.2 billion persons with disabilities

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Anna Kennedy Online supports WeThe15:
A global human rights movement for the 1.2 billion persons with disabilities

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Thank you to Philip Barnett and Kidzrus students supporting our ‘Give us a Break !’ Antibullying campaign.

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If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please see below our campaign posters and it would be great if you could click on one of the images and download the poster and help us spread the message to support as many people as we can. 

You can so this by taking a photo or video of yourself and others by holding up one of the posters below either printed or show on your devices, then tag us in on social media. We would love for you to show your support to Anna Kennedy Online.

Please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

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Oliver Jude young autistic entrepreneur speaks to Anna Kennedy on Women’s Radio​

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Annas guest at Women’s Radio on Monday 22nd November at 1pm ‘All things Autism’ Women’s Radio is the inspirational Oliver Jude.

‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day, please click here to listen to these amazing shows!

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Oliver Jude is a 17 year-old young entrepreneur from St Helens, after being rejected by the educational system from a young age and facing many difficulties in getting support from the school, from being bullied by staff and students to being isolated every day for months at a time as punishment to something that was simply down to being mis-understood, Oliver and his parents fought for the support and moved him schools to Rainford High which was the best decision they could ever make. 

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Flourishing in Rainford High with the right support that Oliver needed he then went on to start his positivity clothing brand, Oliver Jude Clothing in December of 2018.

This was just one of Oliver’s’ many other entrepreneurial ideas from being very business focused at a young age, we all knew that Oliver would one day own a business and become a successful entrepreneur. 

Only a matter of months into the business Oliver was awarded with the ‘Young Community Star Award’ at the Pride of St Helens and then went on to launch a new collection with even more positivity slogans onto a variety of different clothing. 

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From this Oliver went on to build his network and brand reputation being invited to many gala dinners, charity fundraisers and business launches with celebrities such as Towie’s Gemma Collins, Real Housewives of Cheshire Dawn Ward and Tanya Bardsley and receiving support on social media from Phones4U Billionaire John Caudwell. 

Oliver also was recognised by Buzz Talent Agency in London and was approached with the opportunity of his fashion brand being featured on the runway at London Fashion Week with a range of diverse models all empowering diversity and inclusion.

Oliver was recently awarded with Creative Entrepreneur of the Year award by MD Creatives and Communications Plus.  To now be awarded with Entrepreneur of the Year by MD Creatives and Communication Plus.

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Oliver shared: 

“It’s been a very overwhelming journey from building a brand after such trauma through the educational system and after receiving so much support around the expansion of my business in the past 12 months on the creative entrepreneur course at MD it’s given me a real insight to scaling a business and now looking at what’s next for the business, how and where the money is going to be invested is yet to be discussed with mentoring from MD and Communications Plus but what I do know is I have a vision that will be brought to life in the coming months and this is what is going to take my business to the next level, I just want to finish by saying a huge thank you to Miguel and Michael for supporting me and to be now part of my journey it really does mean a lot.” 

Oliver Jude Contact Details: E-Mail: olly@oliverjudeclothing.com

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Design a poster competition!

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Once again Watford FC collaborate with AKO with “Design your own Give us a Break” poster competition!

The Hornets are delighted to once again support Anna Kennedy Online’s ‘Give Us A Break’ campaign during this year’s anti-bullying week with a design your own poster competition following the success of the 2020 competition.

The ‘Give Us A Break’ campaign was launched back in 2013 to highlight the impact bullying has on individuals, particularly those on the autism spectrum, with the aim of creating environments and cultures where everyone feels safe and supported without the fear of experiencing bullying at schools, online or within their local community.

This time last year, to help promote the campaign and anti-bullying week, Junior Hornets were asked to submit their own poster designs that represented what anti-bullying means to them with Logan (10) and Daniel (11) creating the winning designs in their respective age categories. Click here to see last year’s winning posters.

Following on from the fantastic designs submitted for the 2020 competition, Junior Hornets are once again asked to design their own anti-bullying poster for their chance to win a player card signed with a personalised message by their favourite player.

The poster should demonstrate what anti-bullying means to the designer and how it is best promoted to raise awareness to others.

Competition entries will be split into two different age groups, 0-10 and 11-16, with one winning design chosen by Watford FC staff and representatives from Anna Kennedy Online for each age group.

In addition to the personalised message, the winning designs will be shared on both the club’s and the charity’s social media accounts, so Junior Hornets should make their design as eye-catching as possible so it stands-out from the other entries.

To enter, simply send in a photo of the completed poster to junior.hornets@watfordfc.com before 5pm on Monday November 22.

Please be sure to include the name and age of the designer, as well as their favourite Watford FC player.

The winners will then be contacted via email with further details on claiming the winning prize.

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