An autism campaigner has urged sport and performing arts clubs to do more to welcome people with the condition. Anna Kennedy said research from her own charity found that dozens of children have been “turned away” from clubs because of their autism.

The charity, which is named after Ms Kennedy, surveyed 250 families and found over half of those had seen their child turned away from a local club, performing arts class, sports facility or leisure environment due to autism. Ms Kennedy, originally from Middlesbrough, said this had led to those children feeling “upset and even more isolated”.Please click here to continue reading the full article from The Northern Echo.

A note from Anna Kennedy OBE: Hello everyone, so far over a 140 completed our survey thank you. Please would you mind complete and share? The link does not allow you to share once completed, so please use this link—> thank you ever so much: