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Autistic Teen Advocate’s Mission to Invite People to Rethink Their Perception of Autism

Autistic Teen Advocate’s Mission to Invite People to Rethink Their Perception of Autism

Autistic Teen Advocate’s Mission to Invite People to Rethink Their Perception of Autism

 

Since I’m autistic, I’m used to defying societal expectations and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, challenges and odds.

Yet, being selected out of over 7,000 international applicants to be a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a tremendous personal achievement that I would never have envisioned for myself.

Siena Castellon

Like most autistic people, I grew up with the societal message that autism is a tragedy; a life sentence that would prevent me from having any goals and ambitions.

Let alone achieving them!

So, the fact that I have achieved the unachievable is a victory in and of itself.

But more than that, I hope that it sends a message to autistic teenagers that, no matter how unreachable their goals may seem, they should strive for the stars and that they shouldn’t let societal prejudices, stereotypes and misconceptions shape their view of their place in the world.

As an autistic teenager, I know how hard it is to block out the negative messages we are bombarded with each day.

There is still an enormous stigma to being autistic.

It’s still common for public figures to use the term “autistic” as an insult and as a way to diminish or devalue someone they dislike or disagree with.

 

In terms of equality and inclusion, autism is the last frontier. Even in this woke, politically correct climate, it’s still acceptable to advocate for autism cures and eugenics, to post TikTok videos making fun of autistic people and to sell t-shirts on Amazon advocating making us extinct. If goes without saying that this is unacceptable and has to change.

When I was growing up, there were no prominent autistic role models, other than Dr Temple Grandin. This meant that I grew up with the societal message that autism is a tragedy and a burden; something to hide and be ashamed of.

I want to change this so that future generations of autistic children can grow up like other children. Instead of being  underestimated and held back, I hope that autistic children grow up believing that they can have dreams and ambitions too. It is time to stop focusing only on what autistic children cannot do.

Instead, society needs to also focus on acceptance and on recognising and nurturing the many areas in which autistic children can excel.

I am hopeful that having a global platform on which to invite people to rethink their perception of autism is the start of a journey towards the acceptance, inclusion and equality of autistic people.

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy interviews Kacey Ainsworth about All things Autism and life in Lock-down

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy interviews Kacey Ainsworth about All things Autism and life in Lock-down

On July 30th at 11am our Charity Ambassador Kacey Ainsworth spoke to Anna Kennedy about ‘All things Autism and Life in Lock-down.

About Kacey Ainsworth

Kacey has been working in the entertainment industry since 1978. She is a multi-awarding winning actress who came into prominence for her portrayal of Little Mo in Eastenders. Since then she has starred in lots of TV shows including Holly Blue, Grantchester, Call the Midwife and as a very evil witch in cbbc’s The Worst Witch.

After several members of her family were diagnosed with #Autism she decided to get actively involved in raising awareness of autistic spectrum disorders and promoting inclusion for those on the spectrum and I am proud to say one of our Charity Ambassadors.

Please watch the video below

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy talks to Richard Mylan about All things Autism and life in Lock-down

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy talks to Richard Mylan about All things Autism and life in Lock-down

On September 10th at 7.30pm Anna spoke to Richard Mylan about ‘All things Autism and Life in Lock-down

About Richard Mylan

Welcome to Richard Mylan a good friend of AnnaKennedyonline.

Richard has kindly supported many of our charity events over the past 6 years such Autism’s got Talent, Autism Hero Awards and campaigns at the House of Commons.

Richard was born in Swansea and is a stage, film and television actor.

Richard is married to Tammie, his son Jaco is on the autism spectrum and he recently is a dad once again to a lovely baby boy called Acen.

Richard and Jaco spent hundreds of hours filming two well-received BBC Documentaries ‘Life with Autism ‘ and Richard and Jaco take on the world’ During the interview Richards talks about his acting career, the industry today, life in Lockdown and diagnosis, education for Jaco.

Please watch the video below

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy talks to Carrie Grant about all things Autism and life in lock-down

Watch the video – Anna Kennedy talks to Carrie Grant about all things Autism and life in lock-down

On August 20th at 7.30pm with Carrie Grant spoke to Anna about ‘All things Autism and Life in Lock-down

About Carrie Grant

Carrie Grant married to the lovely David Grant and best known as judges and vocal coaches on the TV show Pop Idol, Fame Academy, Glee Club and many more.

Carrie started as a dancer on TV then moved on to presenting and session singing. Worked with Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Lighthouse Family and many others. Carrie currently presents on The One Show.

In 2008 David and Carrie were awarded a BASCA for their lifetime services to music. Carrie has spent many years raising awareness of Crohn’s Disease, a serious inflammatory bowel condition Carrie has lived with since she was 18 years old.

Now Carrie currently is concentrating her efforts on becoming a voice and campaigner for individuals with hidden disabilities and a particular interest in girls on the autism spectrum due to her daughter’s diagnosis.

Carrie in the past has supported some of our charity events such Autism’s got Talent, Give us a Break Anti Bullying Campaign, Autism Dance Day. We have also spoken together at the House of Commons which was aired on the Chrissy B Show.

Most recently we showed solidarity as campaigners supporting the SEND Cuts campaign in Parliament Square.

Anna Kennedy OBE Director

Please watch the video below

Our next guest on “All things Autism and life Lock-down’ is John Paul who is one of our charity Patrons

Our next guest on “All things Autism and life Lock-down’ is John Paul who is one of our charity Patrons

My next guest chatting ‘All things Autism and life Lockdown’ is John Paul one of our charity Patrons.

Come and join us on October 2 at 7:30pm click here to register

About John-Paul J-Rock Horsley

John-Paul met Anna in 2017 through social media and then again at an Autism fundraiser held by BMW London. John Paul is a member of the band Big Brovaz and proud Father to Richard-Michael Kymanni  Horsley and four other children. John-Paul is an advocate for raising Autism Awareness and frequently visits schools and provisions.

Anna and John-Paul got on immediately the moment they met, and are on the same wavelength with so much common ground, Autism Awareness being the greatest.

J-Rock from MOBO award winning R&B and hip hop music group Big Brovas announced his first ever charity single in April 2018 and reproduced his version of 2003 hit Baby Boy’ alongside 7 other artists all of whom have autism making this single totally unique and poignant.

Here is the full video of Baby Boy. Our AKO singers ‘Building Bridges’ collaborated with ‘Big Brovaz’ front man ‘J-Rock’ covering one of his BIGGEST hits, “Baby Boy” as a charity single.

This is on sale at 99p – click here to purchase your copy

John Paul appeared on the Channel 4 documentary ‘Are you Autistic?’ where he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum

Click here to register for the interview!

 

 

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