Anna talks All Things Autism in Essex with Aston Avery – May 2024

 

Autism show – May 2024

 

Autism show – May 2024

The month of May saw All Things Autism in Essex return on the week of Mental Health Awareness Week. Aston was joined by regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE, founder of autism charity Annakennedyonline as they spoke to great guests and reflect on mental health within in the autism community.

The first of Aston and Anna’s guests was Dez Loveartpix.

The second of Aston and Anna’s guests was Sean Kennedy.

The third of Aston and Anna’s guests was author Georgina Durrant from The SEN Resource Learning.

Anna had this to say after the show:

“Another busy show with some fantastic guests talking ‘All things Autism in Essex ‘ with Aston and I.

Our first guest was Dez founder of ‘LoveArtPix’. A creative award winning self taught Autistic Artist. Dez was also one of our Charity Autism Hero Award Winners and has supported our charity AnnaKennedyonline in the past.

 

Dez spoke to us about is upcoming documentary that is in production and since it is Mental Health Awareness Week he gave some useful tips and advice on how art has helped him through his own personal struggles.

Our second guest was my husband Sean Kennedy supporter of our charity and co founder of Talem Law. Sean spoke about the ‘Stop and Search’ document for autistic individuals.

 

Last week AnnaKennedyonline won the Metropolitan Police Community Contribution Award and the Overall Winner of the Inclusion Diversity Equality Awards for 2024!

Sean , Detective Superintendent Dion Brown and I were invited on stage to receive the award. The event took place at The Magic Circle London. Sean speaks on Gateway in greater detail about this useful resource.

 

Our last guest was Georgina Durrant Author of her new book  ‘SEND Strategies for the Primary Years ‘ available very soon. Georgina has been a past guest on Gateway Radio talking about her award winning ‘The SEN Resources Blog’ and books.

Georgina was a former a teacher and SENDCo Her book is available to pre order on Bloomsbury.com and get 35% off with DURRANT35 until 6th June.

Aston and I also spoke about Mental Health Awareness Week and I shared the NHS Link with lots of useful information on where to get help.

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/

 

Wishing you all a lovely month of May. I will be back in June with more great guests.

Next week I am off to Buckingham Palace for the Kings Garden Party!

Stay safe and well

 

Anna x”

All Things Autism in Essex will return soon.

Anna talks All Things Autism in Essex with Aston Avery – April 2024

 

Autism Show – April 2024

 

This month is Autism Acceptance Month and All Things Autism In Essex returned with Aston and regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE from Annakennedyonline and they spoke to amazing guests.

The first of Aston & Anna’s guests were Samantha Grierson & Liz Crutchley.

 

The second of Aston & Anna’s guests was Kyle Eldridge.

The third of Aston & Anna’s guests were Alphonso Archer & Lakhile Dlamini.

Anna had this to say after the show:

 

“Another great show in the month of April, Autism Awareness Month talking all things autism and awareness in Essex

We had 5 fantastic guests that joined us

Samantha Grierson and Liz Crutchley  – Sam has an upcoming film premier on 9th May at the Mockingbird Cinema in Birmingham.

“The Programme” is a short film written and directed by Sam Grierson:

“The Programme” is a film about who we are and our understanding of neurodivergence and the idea of seeking a “typical existence”.

 

Samantha and Liz will be fundraising for Anna Kennedy Online which we are so thankful for

My second guest was Kyle Edridge – Kyle has just experienced going abroad for the first time by himself and he went to France to stay with a host family twinned with the town he lives in.

Alphonso Archer and Lakhile Dlamini  were my final guests, Lakhile has performed at Autism’s got Talent a couple of times and has now released an album, we played his single on the radio and his face just lit up, it was a pleasure to see.

Don’t forget the closing date for Autism’s got Talent is end of May and the closing date for the end of The Hero Awards is end of August

Look forward to seeing Aston in May and speaking to some more guests.”

 

All Things Autism in Essex will return soon.

Autism show – March 2024

Autism show – March 2024

Ahead of Autism Acceptance Month regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE joined Aston to chat All Things Autism in Essex where they spoke to amazing guests and spoke the latest news from the charity Anna Kennedy Online.

 

The first of Aston and Anna’s guests was Kellie Barker and Paul & Michael Atwel-Brice as they spoke about Autism Allotments.

The second of Aston and Anna’s guests was online content creator Andi.

The third of Aston and Anna’s guests was Autism’s Got Talent performer Charlie Conway and his mum Kate.

Anna had this to say after the show:

“Another busy and exciting ‘All things Autism in Essex ‘ on Gateway with Aston and I.

March incorporates Neurodiversity Celebration Week which is this week. Siena Castellon MBE founder of this campaign and one of our charity Ambassadors received an MBE for her Neurodiversity Advocacy! I remember Siena sharing her idea with me when it was just a seed. Siena is an amazing and talented individual.

‘Together, we’ll embrace & celebrate neurodiversity in all aspects of life.‘

For further information and resources www.neurodiversityweek.com

Our first guests this week were Kellie Barker, Micheal and Paul Atwell Brice. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice want to turn a disused allotment in Barnsley into an area for children with conditions like autism and epilepsy to enjoy.

 

Welcome to Autism Allotments Barnsley a voluntary community group here to offer a place for autistic individuals their parents carers and family members a safe place to grow fresh fruit vegetables plants and flowers to sell , learning vital life and workplace skills in a safe relaxed environment. Kellie is supporting this wonderful project and I am honoured to be a Patron and cannot wait to be at the launch in July.

Autism Allotments mission is to bring autistic individuals and their family a safe haven to be outdoors relax and enjoy everything that allotments bring , whilst growing cooking selling and eating the fruits of their labour.

 

Our second guest was Andi  where we announced he was one of our new charity champions for LGBTQ+ and Adoption . Andi runs an Instagram page @dadda_n_daddy page, Andi and his husband Darren are parents to two children by adoption.  Their children are ages 6 and 3.

Prior to becoming a parent, Andi has previously worked in schools and for the local authority.  Andi has a background of working within Children’s Services and Safeguarding.

Since becoming a parent, Andi has become heavily involved in advocating for the  Adoption and SEN communities.  He also provides peer support for LGBT+ and SEN parents & families.

Andi is a regular on the BBC Tiny Happy People channel and has also worked with organisations and charities including; Amnesty International, Unicef UK, Best Beginnings, Ready Eddie Go!, The Modern Family Show, Mobiquip, Toy Mania and many more.

 

Our final guest was Katie and Charie Conway . We played Charlie’s first single  “Pressure” . Charlie wrote ‘Pressure’ because he was feeling down. Music is his safe place, and it helps him feel better about himself. Pressure is about his struggles at his previous school and the emotions he felt during the hard times.

At the time of writing and producing “Pressure” Charlie had been out of school for a year after suffering a mental breakdown at school, He decided to write a song “Pressure”, as he struggled to express his true emotions. The lyrics to the song are very emotional and heartfelt and he feels like young autistic individuals will be able to relate to the song.

Charlies aim is to spread awareness about mental health and to get young people talking about how they feel.

We made another exciting announcement that Charlie is now one of our young charity Patron’s. He is a fantastic role model.

 

The charity is now preparing for Autism Acceptance Month. Please checkout our latest news on www.annakennedyonline.com

Have a lovely Easter everyone and Aston and I will chatting ‘All things Autism in Essex ‘ in April.

Bye sending positive vibes.

 

Anna xx”

All Things Autism in Essex will return soon.

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio Station was Sally Lawrence

 

 

 

I am a mother of three children.  Simon, my middle child, is now 31.  He is severely autistic, non-verbal, has epilepsy, complex needs, and challenging behaviour including PICA. He needs 24 hour 1:1 care. At the age of 8 he went to Prior’s Court School in Berkshire, a specialist school for those with severe autism.  He thankfully got a place in their Young Adult Provision when he was 19, so stayed there until he was 26.  
 
Meanwhile, we were having talks with Surrey County Council about where Simon would go after Prior’s Court as there was nothing appropriate for him back in Surrey, and we were not prepared for him to be sent to live in Yorkshire or any other far-flung county
where there may have been suitable provision.  The council was not interested in setting up anything new in Surrey (even though there were several of his age from Surrey at Prior’s Court) but eventually we persuaded them to do so, and Linden Farm is the result.
 
 
 
In 2015 we set up our charity “The Simon Trust” and agreed to work in partnership with Surrey County Council; they would build the accommodation and we would raise money to provide the “extra essentials” that these young people would need in order to have a meaningful life at Linden Farm.  
 
We worked flat-out for 4 years with fund-raising events until Covid lockdowns stopped us doing so, and so far we have provided about £200,000 worth of facilities at Linden Farm … a 400 metre cycle track, a Sensory Room, a Cookery Room, bikes, trikes including a side-by-side trike, a large Bike Shed, an allotment with poly tunnels and all the necessary gardening tools and plants that go with it, a roundabout, a swing, a wooden Trim Trail, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://womensradiostation.com/

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Anna’s guests at Women’s Radio Station were Kellie Barker and Corinne Bryan

 

My name is Kellie Barker, I’m 45, I live in Kent and I have three children 21, 15, and 9.

My youngest son has a complex diagnosis of Autism & SEND, I grew up in a house that fostered with my birth family and many children coming and going throughout my childhood. My Parents are and were great advocates for all children and as a young carer myself, I have taken this engrained belief from my early years into adulthood, I have one birth sibling Daniel, he too is a fierce advocate and works globally advocating for children.

Who would know that our own birth children would develop such skills as young carers years later, they definitely all have advocating in their blood – it is natural to them .

I love a bargain and a good rummage round the shops when I get time. My latest addiction is Vinted, the online recycled clothes app, and have vowed to buy less new things this year and start recycling what we have, to reduce waste, I’ve also started to drive an electric car.

I love mint aero chocolate and ALL puddings.

 

https://www.bornanxious.co.uk/

 

 

I’m Corinne and we are a family who are neurodivergent. My sons are autistic and we often have many food struggles, due to sensory processing. I’ve always found that beige, repetitive foods(like chicken nuggets, chips, smiley faces, toast) are a firm favourite. I spent much of their early years worrying about their diet variety and not eating as much as other children do but in time I’ve come to accept and understand that as long as their eating something it’s better than nothing at all.

This is why I’m really passionate about safe foods being always accessible at all times.

This range with Born anxious is something I’m really excited about- to have clothing designs that represent the safe food our children eat in a fun way is amazing!

Can’t Eat Won’t Eat – Collection

 

 

 

https://womensradiostation.com/

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ header_text_align=”center” header_text_color=”#8300e9″ vertical_offset_tablet=”0″ horizontal_offset_tablet=”0″ animation_style=”slide” hover_enabled=”0″ z_index_tablet=”0″ text_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” text_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” text_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” link_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” link_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” link_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” ul_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” ul_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” ul_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” ol_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” ol_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” ol_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” quote_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” quote_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” quote_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_2_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_2_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_2_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_3_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_3_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_3_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_4_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_4_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_4_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_5_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_5_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_5_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_6_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_6_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_6_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” box_shadow_horizontal_tablet=”0px” box_shadow_vertical_tablet=”0px” box_shadow_blur_tablet=”40px” box_shadow_spread_tablet=”0px” global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″]

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Helen Eaton

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

Annas guest at Women’s Radio was Helen Eaton ​
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”3_4,1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

Helen Eaton is the author of the Arna & Ruby Autism graphic novels, has a mini-series of podcasts on neurodiversity, and gives talks and training on autism to families, schools, charities, and workplaces.

She has a post graduate qualification in primary education, which helps her understand what’s going on in our schools.

Alongside her autism work she still delivers leadership training for some of UK’s leading technology, finance, and retail companies.

After running her own training business for the past 20 years and specialising in behaviour, communication, and emotional intelligence, it seemed a natural shift to focus on autism 5 years ago. 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”http://annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Helen-Eaton-2.jpg” alt=”Helen Eaton ” title_text=”Helen Eaton ” _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}” admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Corsham-Town-Hall.jpg” alt=”Helen Eaton” title_text=”Corsham-Town-Hall” _builder_version=”4.24.0″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.24.0″ hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″]

Combining her two passions means that she is also a Neurodiversity at Work specialist, helping companies better understand and support their neurodiverse employees.

She does have an amazingly neurodiverse family and doesn’t think in a typical way herself.  She most definitely has lived experience when she talks about autism.

Within her home Helen has experienced the joys that autistic thinking brings and describes her 3 teenagers as funny, loving, kind, quirky and bright. She knows the challenges autism brings though, spending long hours and many years battling for an appropriate education and support for her diagnosed teen.

She also understands the anxiety, frustration, and anger that autistic children experience as they struggle to cope with a world that isn’t very autism friendly.

There are a few dents in her walls and doors!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”3_4,1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

She believes in honesty, openness, and positivity when it comes to talking about autism.

Working with schools has shown her that far too often they rely on out-dated lists of things that autistic people supposedly can’t do.

Instead, schools should focus on what each child can do and find ways to enable them to feel safe, communicate and be able to learn.

Each month she offers one free talk on Autism in the Classroom, along with a series of live training sessions on Zoom.

These can be booked online at www.heleneaton.co.uk.

She can also be found on Twitter @HelenEatonASC and on Facebook Helen Eaton – Autism & Neurodiversity

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”http://annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Helen-Eaton-236×300.jpg” alt=”Helen Eaton” title_text=”Helen Eaton” _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Anna talks All Things Autism in Essex with Aston Avery

Autism show – January 2024

 

The first All Things Autism in Essex show saw Daytime presenter Aston Avery and regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE speak to amazing guests within the autism community and highlight the latest from autism charity Annakennedyonline.

The first of Aston and Anna’s guests were Kellie Barker, founder of Born Anxious and Corinne.

The second of Aston and Anna’s guests was Olivia Slatter.

Aston and Anna highlighted other news from the autism community.

Anna had this to say after the show:

“We’re back!!!

Aston and I talking ‘All things Autism in Essex’ for 2024.

Another busy show crammed with useful information , great guests and sharing what my charity AnnaKennedyonline is up to for 2024.

Our first guests were Kellie Barker from the clothing line Born Anxious and Corrinne Finch from ‘Finch of Autism Life’

Both Kellie and Corinne talk about the eating disorder ‘Arfid’.

Kellie shared:

‘Avoidant restrictive eating disorder it is serious and right now in the UK many families are without diagnosis and support , we are sharing our combined lived experiences to open a conversation and raise awareness of ARFID with a collection of clothing that is spreading messages that do just that , remove the guilt ARFID isn’t caused by parenting , safe foods are important let’s talk about that .

49% of Autistic children diagnosed with an eating disorder or not struggle with difficulty feeding .

There needs to be more understanding and less judgment and most of all more services for children and families managing this disorder .’

Both Kellie and Corrine are launching a brand new collection ‘CANT EAT WONT EAT ‘

The colourful Collection is available to preorder open now with 25%off with code NUGLIFE25 Please see link www.bornanxious.co.uk to order.

Our next guest was the Olivia Slatter Princess Diana Award winner and founder of Olivia’s world. She talked about her experience and first term at Leeds Conservatoire and her amazing assistance dog Maisie.

Olivia has also launched her new range ‘Dream Big’ with Born Anxious which again is available to purchase online.

Anna shared today about her new charity survey created due to the struggles to get vital medication.

More than 600,000 people are affected by Epilepsy in the UK with some being forced to start rationing their meds. A national shortage of epilepsy medication is putting patients’ safety at risk, consultants have said.

The supply disruption of ADHD meds is caused by a combination of manufacturing issues and an increased global demand.

This is obviously a cause for concern.

 

Please complete and share our survey.

Thank you.

 

https://www.annakennedyonline.com/neurodivergent-medication-survey/?fbclid=IwAR3zuM06xSGMhvOWs3JYDhZ2SToP-M1wEtVuI3_LbBEAQRF7-tyxjY-8xdc

Please see weekly updates on the charity website www.annakennedyonline.com

Sending positive vibes and best wishes see you all soon in February!”

All Things Autism in Essex will return soon.

Anna talks to Moon Sade on ‘All Things Autism’ – Women’s Radio Station

 

Moon Sade is an extraordinary Autism Success Mentor whose transformative journey
began with her own autistic children, more than 25 years ago. This experience informed
her work as an Autism Parenting Coach, guiding overwhelmed parents through the
intricacies of raising children on the spectrum. However, Moon’s story has evolved, and
her focus has honed in on a crucial age group: 17-25-year-old young autistic adults, as
she passionately champions their journey into adulthood.

 

With over 25 years of personal experience parenting her own autistic children, Moon’s
expertise is deeply rooted in the day-to-day realities of life for families on the spectrum.
Her commitment to understanding the unique needs of each individual is unwavering,
stemming from the challenges she has faced raising her own autistic children, one of
whom has transitioned into early adulthood.

 

Moon’s professional arsenal includes certifications as a Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, and
Time Line Therapy Practitioner, along with being a qualified High School Teacher and
Certified in Understanding Autism. This unique blend of skills positions her as an Autism
Success Mentor with a profound understanding of the specific challenges faced by young
autistic adults in the crucial age range of 17-25.

 

Her in-school experience is not just a professional credential; it’s a strength that sets her
apart. Moon recognises the critical transition period these young adults face, and her
background enables her to bridge the gap between the academic environment and the
demands of adulthood seamlessly. Her coaching goes beyond the generic, offering a
tailored approach that speaks directly to the unique aspirations and challenges of each
mentee.

 

Currently co-authoring two separate books set to be published before the summer, Moon
is also seeking co-authors for her collaborative book about life within the reality of autism.
Passionate about aiding young adult autistics and sharing her voice, Moon recently
appeared on the show of neurodiversity campaigner Anna Kennedy on Women’s Radio.
During the hour-long discussion, they covered various topics related to autism, Moon’s
journey, her work, and more.

 

Moon’s journey from an Autism Parenting Coach to an Autism Success Mentor is a
testament to her adaptability, compassion, and dedication to making a lasting impact. Her
coaching philosophy is underpinned by the belief that fostering trust is paramount. Moon’s
knowledge, experience, and awareness converge to create a supportive environment
where progress and forward momentum are not just encouraged but inevitable.

 

In Moon Sade, you find more than a mentor; you discover a guide who has walked the
path, understands the intricacies, and empowers young autistic adults to thrive. Working
with Moon is an invitation to embark on a personalised journey of growth, self-discovery,
and independence.

 

http://autismindisguise.com
https://www.facebook.com/moon.sade.754
www.linkedin.com/in/moonsade
https://go.oncehub.com/MoonSade
www.facebook.com/groups/autismsuccessnetwork/
www.facebook.com/groups/autismparentscorner/
https://www.goalsetters.net/moon-sade-empowering-autism…
https://online.pubhtml5.com/nplsp/tzja/

 

 

 

womensradiostation.com

Autism show – December 2023

Autism show – December 2023

 

On Daytime, Aston and regular contributor Anna Kennedy OBE chatted All Things Autism in Essex where they mainly highlighted the most recent Autism Hero Awards that took place on 25th November at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch, London. They also spoke to a couple of recipients of the awards as well.

 

The first guest Aston and Anna spoke to was James Punch who was the recipient of The Lifetime Award at this years Autism Hero Awards.

The second guest Aston and Anna spoke to was Jade Cook who was the recipient of the Outstanding Community Award at this years Autism Hero Awards

Anna had this to say after the show:

“Can you believe it we are in our final month of 2023 talking ‘All things Autism in Essex’ Time flies whoosh!

Aston and I talking as always at the beginning of the show about Strictly and the previous weeks eliminations and our favourite routines. Not long to go for the final and for the Christmas Strictly special whoop.

I am off to Zoes place in Coventry for my 6th year. I am judging Strictly Christmas the matinee performance with Harry Judd, Vincent Simone and Chloe Hewitt . Later that day I am judging the evening performance with my good friend Robin Windsor, Kristina Rihanoff . Just love this event!!

Aston and I spoke about his surprise Charity Supporter of the Year Award. The shock on his face was priceless on the night!

Here is the link from Aston :

https://www.annakennedyonline.com/autism-hero-awards-drama-exam-aston-avery/

Our guests today on Gateway Radio were Autism Hero Award Winners James Punch and Jade Cook.

James was the winner of The Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Lee’s and Jade Cook was the winner of The Outstanding Community Award sponsored by Born Anxious.

I will be delivering my petition to Number 10 Downing Street very soon . ‘Who will look after our loved ones when we are no longer around’  if you have not signed yet please do so

www.change.org/Annapetition I will keep you posted. Thank you.

Well I need to get on with my Christmas shopping and don’t forget on Christmas day and holidays do what works for you as a family.

There are no written rules what you should be doing. Just do what works for you as a family .If its chicken nuggets and chips for Christmas Dinner just go for it no need to stress.

Take it one day at a time .

Sending positive vibes and best wishes.

Aston and I will be on Gateway 97.8 on Christmas Day around lunch time.

Take care

Anna x”

All Things Autism in Essex will return in 2024, but Aston and Anna will be on your airwaves this Christmas Day.

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ header_text_align=”center” header_text_color=”#8300e9″ vertical_offset_tablet=”0″ horizontal_offset_tablet=”0″ animation_style=”slide” z_index_tablet=”0″ text_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” text_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” text_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” link_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” link_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” link_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” ul_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” ul_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” ul_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” ol_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” ol_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” ol_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” quote_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” quote_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” quote_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_2_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_2_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_2_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_3_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_3_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_3_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_4_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_4_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_4_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_5_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_5_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_5_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” header_6_text_shadow_horizontal_length_tablet=”0px” header_6_text_shadow_vertical_length_tablet=”0px” header_6_text_shadow_blur_strength_tablet=”1px” box_shadow_horizontal_tablet=”0px” box_shadow_vertical_tablet=”0px” box_shadow_blur_tablet=”40px” box_shadow_spread_tablet=”0px” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Michelle Seddon from Autism Together

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio was Michelle Seddon.
‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

It was a pleasure to chat to Anna, it was my first radio interview and I’ll admit to being more than a little nervous. But Anna put me at ease straight away and the time flew by so fast I realised I hadn’t said half the things I’d planned to! I thought it might also be useful to recap some of the points we talked about as well as give you a bit more information about Autism Together.

Autism Together is a registered charity, formed in 1968 when a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which later became Autism Together. So, we have been going for over 50 years- I think our values come for those early parents. One of the first parents- Mr John Brady refused to pay his rates as he felt his son was being failed by the local council.

He was threatened with a prison sentence and his appeal made it all the way to the house of commons – apparently the first time Autism has been mentioned there!  He banded together a group of parents who felt the same founding the Wirral society for Autistic children.

The raised funds to buy and refit Raby hall- this took over 10 years but in 1977 Raby Hall opened its doors to 6 people. John passed away in 2006, His Son Shaun who lived with us until his death in 2020 had lived a very happy life on Raby site for 43 years, the incredible legacy left by John and those early pioneering parents.

In 1980 we went through a name change as the individuals living with us were no longer children. We changed to Wirral Autistic Society and even through we’ve changed our name again in 2015 to Autism Together people still often refer to us as WAS. A specialist provider, we provided a huge range of services from Residential care homes, respite through to Supported living, domiciliary care, day services, work opportunities, right through to family support and play and youth groups and training.

https://www.autismtogether.co.uk/

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

What do we do?

We still have Raby hall, its gone through many refits over the years, as Raby Hall is set on large beautiful grounds, we were able to build a number of residential services, our respite service and our Kitchen Garden and farm day services are all based here. We have also set us services in the local community in Bromborough and as far afield as Wrexham.

We support around 400 people and employ around 1000 staff.  We can also provide training and support to families and others; we have provided some training for local police and fire brigade as well as working with football clubs and community champions.

We also help to run the river park in collaboration with Land Trust. Opening in 2014 it’s a closed landfill site that’s been transformed into a 28-hectare park with walks, wildlife and wetland areas and spectacular views of the river greatly appreciate by the local community. We are currently raising funds for a defib We have also been fundraising to get a defibrillator installed at our Port Sunlight River Park site: www.aeddonate.org.uk/projects/autism-together/

I look after our residential services, we have 20 registered care homes, and I’m supported by an experienced knowledgeable and all-around amazing team of 7 registered mangers, whose efforts over the past 20 months have been nothing short of super human!

At Autism Together our philosophy remains firmly rooted in a belief that:

Adopting Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) accredited by Bild (British Institute of learning Disabilities) back in 2018, this model fitted so well with our existing values and has given us a clear framework to follow when supporting people.

How can you help us?

We have a charity abseil planned for 26th September Batron Square Trafford centre Manchester, you can opt to Abseil yourself or sponsor someone who’s’ already signed up for the challenge. I completed an Abseil down Liverpool cathedral back in 2018! Terrified didn’t even come close! But we supported each other and went over the top like pro’s, Cried and screamed our way down! But we did it! Funds raised from the Abseil will go towards additional services and equipment for the people we support.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_4,3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”http://annakennedyonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Picture2.png” alt=”SMILE amazon” title_text=”SMILE amazon” _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

We also have an online eBay shop where the people we support are able to sell their amazing products, you’ll find a lot of unique items here. https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/autismtogether

Our Amazon wish list has items that the people we support, and their staff have picked- lots of low-cost high impact things to pick here, as well as some larger wish list items.

This has really helped our guys through the various lockdowns.

You can also add us on SMILE amazon- basically this means every time you make a purchase through Amazon they donate on your behalf- even if you don’t pick Autism Together, please do this for a charity that’s local to you.

It doesn’t cost you a penny and charities like ours can really benefit from it. Details here https://www.autismtogether.co.uk/donate/   as well as some other ways to donate.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

On a final note,

The past few years have been incredibly hard on everyone, throwing up challenges and frustrations in equal measure. I’d like to end with a huge thank you to our staff teams across all our services who have been simply outstanding. Their commitment passion and dedication has been inspiring.

They arrived everyday not knowing what they may face while carrying the burden of their own worries and fears, supporting people to manage impossible situations and being creative with their solutions. Adapting and rising to every single challenge and hurdle. You are all amazing!

Thank you, Anna, for the opportunity to talk about Autism Together.

Take care of yourselves out there, and if you’ve able to, remember to take care of each other too.

Michelle

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]