Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity
Harvey and me – on BBC1

Harvey and me – on BBC1

“Harvey and Me” an important BBC Documentary

Harvey Price is our Antibullying Ambassador and Anna Kennedy OBE contributed to this documentary which was aired on Monday 25 January at 8.30pm on BBC One. This is now available on BBC iPlayer: Click here to watch!

The new BBC One film showed “what it’s really like to be a mum of a disabled child approaching adulthood,” the broadcaster said. It captured their life as “Harvey moves from child to adult services”, with Katie Price having “difficult decisions to make about his future”. In this deeply personal one-off film, Katie Price and Harvey opened up about their lives as Harvey turns 18 and decisions need to be made about his future.

Harvey and me on BBC1

Anna shared: “I am proud to have been part of this BBC One documentary created by Minnow films and I helped the producers with some of the research. It was important to me they included mental health. #HarveyandMe as a documentary is valuable because it gives an honest account of the challenges parents face in finding post 18 provision. I like the way it makes it clear if you don’t get that right the negative consequences can last for a long time. Katie’s devotion to Harvey is clear for all to see. Harvey, Katie and I would like to thank you for all your messages of support”.

Katie shared: “Being a parent of a child with complex needs, as Harvey has, presents daily challenges. Simple day-to-day things that other people take for granted can take all day. Every day presents a new challenge, no two days are the same. We have learnt and grown together, and together we have built our private world, a bond between mother and son which goes deeper than most – we are unbreakable”.

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

The A Word “Third Series”

The A Word “Third Series”

Anna Kennedy OBE was invited to the preview screenings of episode one of both series of BBC One’s returning drama ‘The A Word‘ .

I was excited to see now how series 3  of ‘The A Word’ picks up a few years on from where the programme left Joe now 10 years old who is played by the talented actor Max Vento and how is character has evolved and how he has changed and progressed. 

Writer Peter Bowker chatted to Anna at the premiere of the second series sharing: “Autistic is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. Different is what he feels, and fears might be something bad. It’s up to the whole family to help Joe make sense of who he is and his place in the world. But to do that, they must first be honest about themselves…”

The series stars Christopher Eccelston, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh and Molly Wright.

Autism Campaigner Anna Kennedy is enjoying the third series and felt Peter Bowker had taken on board comments and reviews made by families of children with autism from the first two series.

I am loving the relation of Max with his sister its so lovely.

I also love Christopher Eccleston character his facial expressions are priceless.

Another of my favourite characters is the Actor Travis Smith who plays the character Mark Berwick.

Travis is autistic and is doing a fabulous job and a great role model for the autism community. 

Anna  shared: “You are never going to please the whole of the autism community however, what the programme does is spark conversation about autism and the programme. Even though my sons are 27 and 30 there were certain scenes that pulled at my heart strings and brought back memories of the struggles, anxieties but also remembering and celebrating special moments and laughs that were shared as a family.”

Recently many parents have asked me  ‘When is the right time to share your son or daughters diagnosis with them. In my opinion its when you feel it is the right time. You know your child best. It is important to work with your son or daughter’s school and plan as much as possible together to support the child. There are some great books available that can help you explain too ‘.

She concluded “I am looking forward to seeing how the series progresses until the end and look forward to the possibility of Series 4.

Channel 5 News: Katie Price’s son becomes autism ambassador

Channel 5 News: Katie Price’s son becomes autism ambassador

Katie Price’s son becomes autism ambassador

“Why should Harvey be hidden away?

Just because of his disabilities, why should he be treated any different?”

After years of receiving online bullying, Katie Price’s son has become an ambassador for AKO

Harvey is supporting our anti-bullying campaign to help raise awareness of people like himself – and Katie says it’s also helped her meet other families like her own.

Please watch this powerful footage

Harvey Price performs in Autism’s Got Talent as he shows off his keyboard skills

Harvey Price performs in Autism’s Got Talent as he shows off his keyboard skills

HARVEY Price showed off his impressive keyboard playing at a talent show for autistic people last night. Harvey, 17,  was accompanied by his mum Katie, 41, and siblings Princess, 12, Bunny, 4, and Jett, 5,  for the Autism’s Got Talent event in Ruislip, West London.

The show, which is the brainchild of charity Anna Kennedy Online, is designed to show what adults and children with autism are capable of and how the condition is no barrier to success. And Harvey, who as well as being on the autistic spectrum also has eye  condition septo-optic dysplasia and the genetic disorder Prader-Willi syndrome, certainly showed what he is made of as he tinkered away on the keyboard.

Harvey has been practising for the show for some time, as documented on his mum’s Quest Red reality show, Katie Price: My Crazy Life.And the young lad was certainly excited on his way to the event yesterday, as Katie filmed him for her Instagram stories. Despite initially complaining “I’m knackered mum”, he perked up when Katie asked him if he was too tired to perform in Autism’s Got Talent.”No mum,” he insisted, before repeatedly telling his mum that he loved her.

Katie, who wore a jumper with the slogan ‘Live for a cause, not for applause’ to the event, was full of pride for her first-born and encouraged him all the way there. She told him: “Mummy is so proud of you Price, can’t wait to watch you tonight,. Neither can Jett, Bunny and Princess. we love you Harv.”And in a later story, she told him: “You are stunning. handsome you are. I love you. We all love you sooo much.”

Harvey certainly made an impression on the charity’s CEO Anna Kennedy when he arrived at the event. She posted a picture of him on her Instagram account wearing the Autism’s Got Talent  t-shirt. “Lovely to meet Harvey who loved his t-shirt so much he wore it straight away,” she wrote.

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