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National Diversity 10th Anniversary Awards – an article and video by our Ambassador Giuliana Wheater

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Wow!!! What a night!!! What a beautiful venue in a city I have fallen madly in love with! I’ve met the most beautiful souls and knew I have made some friends for life.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the well deserving winners. It was passionately electrifying to be in a room amongst winners and leaders … I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe that I was even there!!

I am particularly proud because for me this shortlist award, out of 55,000 nominees, was never about me. It was a complete shock! But from the very start it was absolutely 100% for all the children and young people I work with, learn from, and fight so hard for.

A mother to 4 neurodiverse children , my journey with my autistic son Ollie in particular , often being left for weeks or months at a time, surviving well below the breadline , enduring ever spiralling, often horrific domestic abuse and violence on every level , including having our house saturated with cameras and my work bag and car being tracked, being dragged from a speeding car when it was discovered I was writing my book in secret , going through Crown Court and then High Court, inventing my job and then bringing this work and message through COVID – and doing all of this TOTALLY on my own ; I feel the hugest pride and emotion in receiving my shortlist congratulations award .

I will use this to be and do even more, even if I break myself, because I love what I do, and things need to change for ANYONE who doesn’t have a voice or basic human rights.

Labels, colours, sexual orientation, gender, culture, or creed … We all bleed red.

We all need to be included.

We all have a right to be heard.

I for one will never stop trying 

Lots of love and thank you to everyone who has supported and believed in me, Giuliana 

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

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