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Dr Oussama Abdallah – an article by one of our Autism Hero Award finalists from Syria

Dr Oussama Abdallah – an article by one of our Autism Hero Award finalists from Syria

Dr Oussama Abdallah

An article by one of our Autism Hero Award finalists from Syria

Dr. Oussama Abdallah is a Syrian child psychiatrist who has been working in the field of ASD for over twenty years. His journey started as a volunteer at the Homme De Terre Association for disabilities, when he was a student at the School of Medicine, in Damascus. At that time, Autism as a subject matter was starting to be shed light on. Therefore, he wrote his MD graduation project about the Spectrum.

Following that, Dr. Abdallah travelled to the United Kingdom and continued his higher education at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was awarded an MA in Autism by the Faculty of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria University. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’ from Sheffield Hallam University in co-operation with the National Autistic Society.

Currently, he is finalising his PhD in Developmental Disorders, with particular reference to the Emotional and Behavioural abnormalities in Childhood, at Ulster University.

His PhD focuses on a national plan for ASD and other learning disabilities in Syria. This study is being performed on a very large scale (over 7000 children).

In May 2010, Dr Abdallah was awarded as the ‘Leader of the Future’: ‘Dr. Oussama Abdallah has been successful in gaining an award for his submission for ‘Leader of the Future’ in the field of Learning Disabilities.

Dr. Abdallah

In recognition of his achievement, he has been invited to attend the BILD 2010 International Research and Practice Conference, on 5 to 7 May 2010 which is being held at The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin.  Where he will be presented with his award at the conference dinner on Thursday 6 May and also presents a keynote address on Friday 7 May 2010 at 2.15 pm for 45 mins.’   (BILD 22-04-2010)

Dr. Abdallah has been working as a National Academic Liaison Officer (ALO) in Syria for the College of Medicine and Dentistry/ BPP university – Birmingham, in addition to being a clinical consultant and scientific advisor at Wojood Centre, in the field of learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and alternative developmental disorders, as well as psychological support for traumatic children.

He has also been chosen as a member of the medical advisory board at AutisMedi- Turkey. As a personal project, Dr. Abdallah has been trying to connect the British experience with the initial Syrian attempts in the field of Autism, to create new links and terms that can improve the possibilities of helping ASD people in the Syrian society. After the Syrian crisis, he has worked with associations, trainees, and parents in general, and in refugee camps with great interest of ASD and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr Abdallah’s work includes planning and designing strategies for the benefit of ASD children and their families, as well as, improving the quality of established services in the field of psychosocial support, mental and psychological development of children, with many NGOs in the Syrian society.

Dr. Abdallah

He has also been working on maintaining children’s rights in the social and educational services and giving advice to governmental agencies to take the appropriate measures of integrating ASD children in the educational system as well as providing them, their families, and the associations working in this field, with the necessary assistance and support.

Dr. Abdallah has been a project leader and research supervisor at many research projects from the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, and Northumbria University.

Mainly, the cooperative project on the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, during Iraqi war, on the emotional and behavioural development of Iraqi displaced children in Syria.

He has participated in a number of national and international conferences as a keynote speaker and planned as well as attended many workshops that deal with the latest information and updates in the field of ASD research.

This year, Dr Oussama Abdallah has been nominated as one of the three finalists for The Lifetime Award provided by the Anna Kennedy online Autism Hero Awards in London; this nomination raises hope for the entire Syrian community that works and supports people with ASD and their families in very hard conditions.

It is a real great success and a rewarding pay back that the work of a Syrian doctor in this field under the pressure of war circumstances has been recognised by a very respectful, expert, and prestigious organisation. It is a huge ‘Lifetime’ achievement that will reinforce and provide more positive efforts and future hope to the whole ASD community in Syria.  

Our Autism Hero Awards

Our Autism Hero Awards

Our Autism Hero Awards

On Saturday 11th June at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, we hosted our fifth Autism Hero awards.

Winners were chosen by a panel of prominent judges who were David Grant MBE, Kacey Ainsworth, Jo Luck, Detective Chief Inspector Dion Brown, Dr Pam Spurr and Russell Kane.

The winners were all presented with their awards by sponsors, celebrities, charity Ambassadors, Patrons, and Anna Kennedy OBE.

David Grant MBE and Dr Pam Spurr shared their experiences on how tough it was to make their choices as they read such compelling concise biographies of the individuals and groups who were nominated from across the UK and Overseas.

Founder of the charity Anna Kennedy shared: “The Autism Hero Awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of people that show dedication, commitment, and courage of all the nominees and winners are inspirational. The awards are a great way to celebrate these accomplishments and unforgotten heroes and what life-changing impacts are made on people’s lives. It was a privilege to be in a room full of such inspirational people and understand how each finalist had accomplished by sharing details of their journey.”

It was inspiring each of their lived-in experiences led them to be outstanding hero’s. A huge congratulations all the finalists.

Our winners were:

Special Recognition Award – Bryan Chandler

Charity Supporter of the Year – Giuliana Wheater

Sibling of the Year Award – Emily Maxfield

Creative Arts and Media Award – Samantha Grierson

Young Person of the Year Award – Bobby Trundley

Personal Achievement Award -Grace Parr

Outstanding Community Award – Sutton EHCP Crisis Campaign

Online Social Network Award – Kent Autistic Trust.

The Lifetime Award – Debbie Marshall

Parent/Carer of the Year Award – Imogen Robson-Hemmings

Support Group of the Year Award – Jane Green

Leading Business Award – Teach Rex

Outstanding Education Award – Somerset School

People’s Autism Hero Award – Jane Green

The Autism Hero Awards shows just how many people are in our children and adult’s corner.

Fighting beside them, with them, and for them. Fighting every day is hard for parents, carers, and autistic individuals.

Knowing there are so many people in their corner, is overwhelmingly heart-warming!

Please click here for details of each winner!

Our Autism Hero Awards

The Autism Heroes 2021

The Autism Heroes 2021 – announcing our winners!

On Saturday 11th June 2022, Anna Kennedy Online hosted the Autism Hero Awards, an unforgettable evening.

It was a privilege to be in a room full of such inspirational people and understand how each finalist had accomplished by sharing details of their journey.

A huge congratulations to our winners who are:

Special Recognition Award – Bryan Chandler

Charity Supporter of the Year – Giuliana Wheater

Sibling of the Year Award – Emily Maxfield

Creative Arts and Media Award – Samantha Grierson

Young Person of the Year Award – Bobby Trundley

Personal Achievement Award -Grace Parr

Outstanding Community Award – Sutton EHCP Crisis Campaign

Online Social Network Award – Kent Autistic Trust

The Lifetime Award – Debbie Marshall

Parent/Carer of the Year Award – Imogen Robson-Hemmings

Support Group of the Year Award – Jane Green

Leading Business Award – Teach Rex

Outstanding Education Award – Somerset School

People’s Autism Hero Award – Jane Green

Performers announced for AGT London 2022!!!

Performers announced for AGT London 2022!!!

Performers announced for Autisms Got Talent London 2022!!!

Congratulations to our AGT performers of 2022 which was announced today on ‘All things Autism in Essex ‘ with Aston Avery on Gateway Radio 97.8 whoop!!!!

Anna Kennedy shared: “It was soooo tough to choose from so many amazing performers. Please try again next year if you were not chosen. Don’t Give up!!!

Tickets available very soon for the 11th year of Autism’s Got Talent.
Date for your diary October 15th at Mermaid Theatre, London Blackfriars!!

The performers this year are:

Jack Roberts & Elphaba Orion Doherty

Pineapple
Performing Arts

Sonny Carter

Daniel Devlin

Elish Eden Smith

Brogan West

Toby Richardson

Mason Danciger

Taliyah Wahon

Logan Richards

Emily Brooke

Jordan Chennels

Charlie Conway

Zoey Stoltz

Sarah Knowles

Charlotte Lewis

Connor Yates

Nevaeh Dunmore

Atypical with Attitude

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Autism and life skills workshop by Paul Isaacs

Autism and life skills workshop by Paul Isaacs

Autism and life skills workshop – by Paul Isaacs

Join our Ambassador Paul Isaacs, Autism Advocate, Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant on Wednesday 20th April at 11am!

Paul Isaacs will be talking about life skills from a personal perspective this includes:

  • Personal care (washing, shaving, toileting, and teeth brushing)
  • Food prep and cooking
  • Daily chores
  • Travel

He will be discussing the various Information processing challenges and the various strategies that has helped him.

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