All Things Autism in Essex for February saw Daytime presenter Aston Avery and regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE from autism charity Annakennedyonline speak about the latest news from the autism community as well as the charity.


Anna’s quote after the show:

“Our second ‘All things Autism in Essex ‘ on Gateway for 2023. What a great show, 2 amazing guests Matthew Bennett and Richard Stevens chat to Aston and I .

“The focus on this month’s show was very much on wellbeing, mental health and not to suffer alone please reach out and talk to friend’s families or an organisation you feel you can trust. Also challenges people decide to take on when loved ones or themselves get diagnosed to raise money for charities they support and have helped them.

“Look forward to bringing you more guests in March . As always keep checking charity website for our latest news.

“Take care everyone Love Anna x”


Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens

So, after last year’s walk which has raised over £2,500 for the charity I was asked where do we go from there on the next challenge. After the walk, it was tough and my feet had taken a lot of damage walking 81+ miles over 3 days so we needed to plan bigger, but safer.

That’s why we decided to walk for autism over the whole year…365 miles in 2023, but to keep with the previous walks we needed it to be a challenge so we decided that the last Saturday of every month would be a 28+ mile walk based on how many days were in the month. So, by the last weekend of December 2023, we would have walked 365 miles for Anna Kennedy Online.

I have recently been diagnosed with Autism and feel now myself and my son have a lot more in common.


Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

FMA + 12 Gage are a multi-award-winning father and son rap duo from Preston. Made up of Matthew and Callum Bennett, the project initially began in 2013 as a way of helping Callum’s confidence but snowballed into something that neither of them could have predicted. Their music is built around creative lyrics and tightly woven, imaginative dual vocals. Combining the aggression of metal and the verbal skills of hip-hop with the energy of youth and the experience of age, they create hybrid songs that are a fusion of high energy rap, electronic, metal and dance music. They are an act unlike any other.

All Things Autism in Essex will return in March.

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Anna Kennedy Online celebrates Autism Dance Day 2023

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We cannot believe it has been twelve years that we have celebrated Autism Dance Day!!!

Benefits of dance and movement for autistic children and adults:

So, get your dancing shoes on and strike a pose and have fun!!! #dancelikenooneiswatching

Autism dance day takes place Friday 28th April 2023

Please tag Anna and the charity on Friday #autismdanceday:
Twitter: @Annakennedy1 
Instagram: @annakennedyobe 
Facebook: AnnaKennedyonline 

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Please read below quotes below of how dance makes our supporters feel:

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How dance makes me feel, it makes feel at ease, alive, and powerful.

It’s the same way when I make music, except I’m not writing words but instead moving to them and doing my own interpretation. Dance to me is basically just music but presenting and releasing my emotions in a non-lyrical form.

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My thoughts become clear and calm, I feel free when I dance.

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Here at Studio 4 we are an inclusive dance organisation that offer ALL young people and dancers an opportunity to express themselves. We celebrate that being different is COOL and encourage all those we work with to be kind and embrace who they are.

Working with young people with Autism has allowed our practice to evolve and be more inclusive. Teachers and dancers have learnt to be more patient, flexible and considerate of each other’s needs. We are proud to work with many young people with Autism and disabilities.

As an organisation we encourage ALL young people to achieve their absolute best.

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T’mya loves to dance and says it makes her feel happy

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Dancing helps me feel calm less stressed and gives me an energy boost I feel more confident now as I’m not the best dancer, but when I perform i feel it helps me send out positive vibes and it helps with my confidences and improves me emotionally, I feel happy and warm inside especially after a busy day at UNI.

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When I’m dancing I feel like me and alive, it also helps keep me healthy as I have a chronic lung condition

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Pineapple Performing Arts School have had the pleasure of working with many children teens and adults on the autism spectrum, we have experienced such amazing rewards on many levels from seeing the progress, enjoyment and confidence dance gives them.

Good luck to Anna and the team on Autism Dance Day and “Keep Dancing”!

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Dance gives me more confidence, it helps me express myself when I don’t know how to, when I’m stressed it makes me feel happier and helps with all my energy. When I Dance, I feel like I can just be me!!

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My passion of dance started from the age of 2 and since then it has given me the chance to express myself within performance as well as meeting fellow performers who’ve embraced dance as a passion or even a career.

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Ever since I was a tiny girl, I’ve seen the world and people in colours. Yellow is the ultimate as for me it means total joy.
When I dance, I feel bright yellow, free and I’m just undiluted Giuliana

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“when you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way” Wayne Dyer

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#autismdanceday A little time to share as a couple … about us .. being us

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