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Antibullying Campaign ‘Give us a Break’ – supported by Mikey Kay

Antibullying Campaign ‘Give us a Break’ – supported by Mikey Kay

‘Give us a Break ‘ Antibullying Campaign supported by Mikey Kay

Mikey Kay is a Welshman based in Paris, having spent the previous 6 years based out of New York City. I specialize in multi-media journalism and filmmaking, specifically across social impact stories as well as international conflict and risk-on zones. I worked across terrorism, national security & aviation for 20 years, as an assault helicopter pilot and strategic military planner in the British Military.

As a correspondent and filmmaker, I’ve covered in-depth stories on COVID_19, national security, refugees, medicine, mental health, politics, med-tech, conservation, aviation, religion, and energy, broadcast on the BBC, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, National Geographic, History Channel, Travel Channel, Vogue and GE Healthcare.

Mikey’s brother Spencer is autistic and he created an amazing film documentary’ My Autistic Big Brother and Me. ‘ Testimonial by Piers Morgan. ‘My Autistic Big Brother & Me takes you on a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows as it explores the raw and challenging side of autism in adults.

A brilliant and extremely personal documentary filmed over 4 years in the mountains of North Wales, that shines a light on the family and carers who make huge sacrifices to give a severely autistic man an unparalleled quality of life roaming the great outdoors, even to the detriment of their own.’

A big Thank you to Mikey who shares a supportive message for our charity Antibullying campaign ‘Give us a Break!’ taking time out for his good friend Anna whilst he is busy filming in Norway!

Please watch his amazing video below:

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please click here to download the poster print off and please take a photograph of yourself and email it to lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com, so we can share your support by getting involved!

Click here to look at our campaigning from previous years.

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please click here to download the poster print off and please take a photograph of yourself and email it to lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com, so we can share your support by getting involved!

Click here to look at our campaigning from previous years.

In May 2017 Daisy’s mum sent Anna a message after Autism’s got Talent it said : ‘Hi Anna. We just got home from AGT. I was inspired, moved and entertained. My daughter was mesmerised and enchanted. Daisy is 12 and has autism and learning difficulties. She said she was so happy there and able to be herself. The atmosphere was great. ‘ Jude x Then in July 2017 we met in Covent Garden as a surprise for Daisy. We had a lovely time .

Now 3 years later Daisy is one of my young Charity Patrons and she created this video about what Autism means to her. Proud of you Daisy.

Through the years we have met so many wonderful families , autistic children , autistic adults and friends through this Autism’s got Talent it is very special.

Please watch her video below:

Anna’s guests this week at Women’s Radio – Brenda from Apparent Pathway

Anna’s guests this week at Women’s Radio – Brenda from Apparent Pathway

 ‘All things Autism’ Anna’s guests this week at Women’s Radio was Brenda from Apparent Pathway

Anna Kennedy’s guests this week on Women’s Radio Station was Brenda from Apparent Pathway. ‘All things Autism and life in Lockdown’ will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

 

Brenda shared:

It was a great experience to talk with Anna and introduce myself on the show. I am Brenda, a proud parent to a teenager who has a diagnosis of ASD and ADHD. This year, I set up a service that supports parents raising children living with individual differences to stay empowered whilst navigating through procedural challenges, called Apparent Pathway.

It was nice to discuss how, as a parent, I have and continue to advocate for my son’s efforts to be better recognised, as he has transitioned through schools, local offers and services, within different boroughs and counties.

As well as  navigating through changes in legislation and circumstances. It has been good to talk about how I have experienced the attentiveness and skilled assistance from therapists, practitioners, teachers, charities and council workers towards my son’s needs as they have supported him to make big strides in his success as he continues to achieve in his learning and purpose in life.

It has been reassuring to talk about how myself and other parents in similar positions endured despair, uncertainty and the immense worry that comes with waiting for a decision, diagnosis’, access to a provision and or service, with someone who understands and recognises how these experiences can have an overwhelming impact on any parent.

As a professional working within the local authority settings; I supported parents like myself to manage the challenging circumstances that they found themselves in. These roles allowed me to observe, listen to and identify, what I would describe as, ‘grey areas’ that resonated to me as a fellow parent.  I felt tremendous empathy for parents who were engaging in the processes, but, not feeling empowered, or that were searching for solutions, yet, finding themselves feeling lost.

What I recognised is that no professional wants to be in a position where they cannot support or apply their skills when needed, however there are obstacles for everyone one, which tends to be around miscommunication, misunderstanding, a lack of funding, availability, or consistency. That is where it is hard.

Apparent Pathway was set up this year, during a year of uncertainty and unforeseen challenges. These challenges have created difficulties especially for children living with ASD like my son. The changes in the environment have had an impact on his well being, which has coincided with changes to his health.

As a parent ensuring that your child is supported even when there is a change in their  health and wellbeing, assistance required, change in the law, or their circumstance, it takes a lot from a person to take on setbacks and seek possibilities that will benefit their growth and development.

It has been rewarding for me to talk with Anna about  starting a service that supports parents in a way that allows them to receive the insight and resources to go from gaining clarity, to then taking action towards creating possibilities that enable them to feel empowered to make conscious contributions towards their child’s progress.

Anna, thank you for allowing me to share my encounters and how I aim to support fellow parents like myself experiencing similar experiences.

If parents want to find out more they can go to www.apparentpathway.com or contact Brenda at apparentpathway@gmail.com

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Author: Mala Thapar