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Autism’s Got Talent performer Jasmine Brinkhurst stars on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘.

Autism’s Got Talent performer Jasmine Brinkhurst stars on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘.

One of our Autism’s Got Talent performers the talented Jasmine Brinkhurst ,was given an incredible opportunity to record one of her favourite songs ‘Rise Up’ to say thank you to her mum Sue on BBC1’s ‘This is my Song ‘. It was recorded at the beginning of this year and I was approached by the BBC since they had seen some of our performers from our world known Autism’s Got Talent through my social media posts and charity website. 

Jasmine and her mum sent in her entry to our show in 2016. It was filmed in her bedroom which is Jasmines favourite place to sing. I was so impressed I asked Jasmine to showcase her beautiful voice at The Mermaid Theatre alongside other performers from across the UK and overseas to an audience of 500 people . Jasmine was amazing and received a standing ovation.

Sit back and relax and listen to Jasmine singing with a choir on the show last night. Surely a Christmas Number one!

Autism’s Got Talent will be in its 8th year in 2019 – if you are interested in showcasing your talent for our show click here to apply, the closing date is Dec 31 2018. 

Show us your Talent!!

Anna Kennedy OBE 

Director

Channel 5 News interview Anna Kennedy and Cal Ruddy about Autism’s Got Talent!

Channel 5 News interview Anna Kennedy and Cal Ruddy about Autism’s Got Talent!

Channel 5 news interviewed Anna Kennedy and Cal Ruddy by featuring on Autism’s Got Talent on 27 November 2018

Channel 5 quoted: ‘Autism’s Got Talent!’ Showcases the talents of adults and children with autism. Participants told us that autism is not something to be ashamed of – one described his Asperger’s as ‘like a superpower’.

The full Channel 5 news interview below:

The teaser clip below stormed across social media:

Women on TV interviewed inspirational Anna Kennedy

Women on TV interviewed inspirational Anna Kennedy

Women on TV are the first OTT TV Network with original content created for women.

They feature women-centric shows bringing morning sunshine, culture, must-have tricks and tips and plenty of giggles thrown in for balance

They interviewed inspirational Anna Kennedy, sharing about the Autistic Schools she has opened and Autism”s Got Talent and her children.

Please watch this video.

For the full show click here.

For more details on Women on TV – click here

Paula McGowan’s powerful interview on the Chrissy B Show

Paula McGowan’s powerful interview on the Chrissy B Show

Please watch this powerful footage of Paula McGowan on the Chrissy B Show:

Oliver was a bright young man, who was an amazing athlete and in training to become a Paralympian. He loved life and being with his family. But in November 2016, aged just 18, he died in hospital care.

Chrissy speaks to Oliver’s mum, Paula McGowan about the tragic loss of her son who had high functioning Autism. But she also talks about the changes she has prompted in the NHS following his death, making a massive difference for other families.

She is joined by our resident Autism Correspondent Anna Kennedy who has been helping her with her cause.

AGT performer Charlotte Fieldson interviewed on the Chrissy B Show

Anna’s guest on this month’s Chrissy B show was a special young lady called Charlotte who was diagnosed with atypical autism at 3 years old and doctors expected her to remain non-verbal.

But at the age of 5, something amazing happened.

Charlotte’s mum Jayne also was a guest and the show ends with a fantastic performance of Charlotte singing.

The Chrissy B Show airs on SKY 191 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10pm. We are the the UK’s ONLY TV show dedicated to mental health and well-being.

Anna Kennedy OBE on BBC Panorama’s Kids in Crisis “The services need to change”

Anna Kennedy OBE on BBC Panorama’s Kids in Crisis “The services need to change”

Yesterday I watched BBC Panorama’s ‘Kids in Crisis’.

Many parents share their experiences with us through our charity and I was not surprised to hear that Britain is in the grip of a child mental health crisis.

Nearly half a million children are awaiting treatment. The Government has promised more money for child mental health and reading messages across my social media it would appear to be very much a postcode lottery as it is for diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.

I am speaking to parents where there children are being sent hundreds of miles away. This is a strain on the whole family and causes anxiety for the child experiencing mental health difficulties.

In the programme Sean Fletcher father to a young man with OCD investigates and speaks to families that have been let down by the system .

Watching Sean talk to families and children affected was heartbreaking.

Reading hundreds of messages on my social media pages the key phrases that were repeated over and over by families experiencing difficulties were :

  • Parents feeling powerless
  • Definitely a postcode lottery service
  • CAMHs services are stretched
  • Not fit for purpose
  • Children at risk
  • Travelling miles away and waiting years to be treated.
  • A feeling of desperation.
  • Attempts of suicide
  • Parents breakdown.
  • Not enough trained staff .
  • Early intervention is crucial !!!!
  • #shockingstateofaffairs
  • #notgoodenough

The services need to change we must start working with children as soon as possible and stop fire fighting when it gets to crisis point.

These children are our future generation and they need our support.

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