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We are so proud of one of our Charity Ambassadors Siena Castellon, who is one of three finalists for The Children’s International Peace Prize for her neurodiversity advocacy!

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Siena is a child with several learning difficulties. She has had a very challenging educational experience including having had to move school due to disability and autism-related bullying.

At 13, Siena created a website, www.qlmentoring.com, to mentor bright students with learning disabilities and autism. In November 2018, she launched her Neurodiversity Celebration Week campaign which encourages schools to recognise the strengths and talents of children with special needs, instead of focusing on their weaknesses and difficulties.

In May 2019, over 340 schools and over 314.000 students took part in the first ever Neurodiversity Celebration Week across the UK, US and Australia.

Siena is organising a Neurodiversity Youth Summit at London’s City Hall for 300 youth and is working with organizations such as Stanford University’s Neurodiversity Project.

In 2019 she helped organise protests across the UK to demand the government to adequately fund special educational needs education. She has also written a survival guide for autistic teen girls. The book will be the first written by a teen autistic girl for teen autistic girls.

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“With the right support and understanding, neurodivergent individuals have the potential to make significant contributions to society”

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About KidsRights:
“Children are changemakers. KidsRights works with children to create a world in which their rights are guaranteed and they are enabled to realise their great potential.

KidsRights is convinced that realizing children’s rights more effectively calls for the perspective, experience and authority of children themselves.

We ensure that children are being heard. Together with children, we ask global attention for their power as changemakers and children’s rights issues.

Also, we empower children as positive and resilient changemakers. We act with children, amplifying and accelerating their actions in their communities and beyond.

Lastly, we make sure everyone is informed about children’s rights. Through our research we provide insight in the status of children’s rights worldwide” https://kidsrights.org/about-kidsrights/.

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“I am in awe of these children, whose powerful message is amplified by their youthful energy and an unshakable belief that children can, no must, improve their own futures,” Tutu said in a statement.

The winner will be announced on November 13 in an online ceremony from KidsRights’ headquarters in the Netherlands: Click here for details.

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