Anna Kennedy OBE | AnnaKennedyonline | Uxbridge, UK
Anna Kennedy OBE parent of 2 young men diagnosed with autism founder of 2 schools for children on the autism spectrum, a vocational college and residential home. In 2009 founder of National Autism Charity Anna Kennedy Online and is going from strength to strength supporting and sharing information to many families and adults affected by Autism. Ever since Anna started her own journey in 1997 Patrick and Angelo Anna wanting to help and support those who like them have a diagnosis of an Autism spectrum condition She was frustrated and disappointed with the lack of facilities and support across the UK.
Of Course Autism spectrum conditions does not just affect children and teenagers this is a lifelong condition for many people who can often can face perplexing problems such as behaviour difficulties and many overlapping conditions such as Dyslexia, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, mental health difficulties etc. The facilities are beginning to improve however,with Local Authorities and Charities being hit with cuts it is an ongoing battle for families.
Families and carers need respite breaks, access to better educational facilities and help with finding employment for their children – its difficult enough for all young people looking for work these days so having a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition can makes it even harder, and sadly for many they simply give up trying because of a lack of response and understanding from employers.Anna has seen this directly through her own two sons who are on the spectrum , and through countless encounters and discussions with many young and older people just how much they have to offer. As Anna said in her best selling Amazon book individuals like my sons are ‘Not Stupid’ just different, and often with enormous skills, intelligence and the ability to master many complex tasks and projects.
Anna feels passionate about why it is so important that all of us who are involved with and affected by autism should continue to fight hard and make our voices heard in improving educational and other resources for individuals, their families and carers. I also know that there is a huge demand for help, support and advice among the growing community of people whose children or loved ones are touched by autism.
Since Anna Kennedy Online was launched,the charity has seen visits to the site grow enormously as more people discover that the charity has offered opportunities for autistic children and adults through the performing arts world and can offer and also contribute their experiences, tips and advice that can help others who are looking for help.
You can see how Anna's journey below which includes some amazing experiences that she would love to share with you,Anna feels she is so fortunate to have a fantastic team, her ‘A Team’ who are dedicated supporters of Anna Kennedy Online. She is grateful for the support of the charity Patrons and Charity Ambassadors who help the charity spread the work and message.Please click here to read an article recently written – called an Interview with Anna Kennedy OBE.
We work hard as a Charity to provide Training, Legal Advice, a Helpline, Talks across the UK, providing a Website and daily updates on Social Media. We work hard on annual events such as the amazing ‘Autism’s got Talent’ the roadshows, Zumbathons, Flashmobs, AKO Expo and the successful UK Charity Autism Hero Awards.
We are proud to be collaborating with Traing2Care UK the autism reality experience. Raising awareness across the country on how sensory overload can impact on day to day living for autistic individuals.
Social Media e.g Facebook and Twitter is such a valuable resource and I have created an autism virtual community of our 70 k followers where we share up to date information, tips, advice and success stories where our children and adults have made progress however, small is HUGE to a family with a child on the spectrum.
Our campaigning work is also a big part of our work also targets issues such as autism diagnosis, our autism anti bullying of autistic children Campaign ‘Give us a Break! in schools .We are regularly monitoring the media and Parliament and speaking at events at the House of Commons to find ways of getting our views heard and hopefully putting pressure on those in power to make changes.
Anna is proud to be patron to Options Autism, DaisyChain, ADHD Club, Autism Support Crawley, Kilmarnock Horse Rescue, Week on the Street, Cheshire Autism Practical Support, Square Peg Foundation, Ambassador for Puzzle Centre and committee member of LOANI, Ladies Of All Nations International Group.
Anna also has a weekly live slot on Womens Radio Station 'All things Autism' a regular contributor on autism on LBC Radio and a monthly contrubutor on SKY TV Chrissy B Show the only Mental Health and Well being show on Sky.
Please see just some of the links https://www.annakennedyonline.com/about-us/anna-kennedy/