Autism and Cultural Issues Campaign#Togetherweareacommunity
Anna Kennedy Online Online have launched Autism and cultural issues campaign #Togetherweareacommunity that we shall continue to highlight.
Anna Kennedy OBE Autism Campaigner throughout the years has spoken to many families who are experiencing cultural stigmatisation and this is unnecessary family pressure and an additional strain placed on parents that is unjustified and unfair.
We want to support everyone and promote inclusion and reach out to families affected.
We are all equal.
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Please take a look at what we have accomplished so far:
Ethan Khumzy: Melanin
One of our Autism’s got Talent Performers and Pineapple Performing Arts Charity Scholarship winners Ethan Khumzy shared:
‘This piece of rap I’ve written is called ‘Melanin’.
Melanin is written in the perspective of ‘why do you see me as a bad guy or monster?’ ‘Why am I the gangster?’, it’s written in a stereotypical point of view of other people that are not like me, they would look of people of my colour/race like ‘he/she looks like a gang member’ ‘I don’t like him/her’ ‘they easily get arrested, that’s no surprise’. There are loads of good people of my kind just like any other race. ‘
Please watch this powerful video:
Anna Kennedy OBE joins International group LAONI
LOANI (Ladies Of All Nations International) is a Women’s Multicultural Organisation covering over 70 countries and is a supportive and friendly non profit Global International Organisation, covering over 70 countries, promoting inclusiveness and a champion of diversity, which involves bringing together a group of like minded individuals.
The major aim being to promote diversity and inclusiveness among people from all walks of lives from all Backgrounds, Cultures and Nationalities.
Ladies Of All Nations International is a clear demonstration that ladies of this world of all diversities unite to make huge positive changes, to improve lives, encourage one another, learn from each other and achieve much more.
Anna Kennedy OBE is honoured to be asked to be part of the Ladies of all Nations International group as a committee member to raise acceptance and awareness globally about autism.
International Woman’s Day Inspiring Women, inspiring change – where Charity Champion Mala Thapar spoke about how her battle would have been impossible without Anna Kennedy Online behind her.
Click here to read about the difficulties faced encompassed with the additional pressure from the community.
The past two weeks have been draining emotionally. A man called George Floyd was murdered by a policeman in America. Yes, in the land of the free. I have cried non stop because l can’t erase that picture from my head. My kids have cried too.
We all can see George as one of us. Why? We are black. Ethan is 17 and on the autistic spectrum. Ever since l can remember l have always told and reminded him he has two disadvantages, black and autistic.
Click here to read the full article
The University of Leicester have created a series of short information films (approximately 5 minutes each) on different aspects of autism, which have been recorded in a number of different languages. We have been given consent to use information videos.
Please click here to watch them and please complete the survey as all feedback would be appreciated by the project.
Reena Anand and Autism parent, wife, sister, friend who loves abundantly and also a writer and blogs sharing her life experiences, and has written this wonderful article to back #Togetherweareacommunity campaign.
Please click here to read her article on Autism within the Asian Community.
This part starts just after 15 minutes in.
Anna first met Claris at our charity Autism Expo two years ago where Claris was looking for more information on autism and looking at strategies to work with her son.
Claris is an autism ambassador and advocate; founder of CAN-Abilities Foundation(UK registered charity since September 2018) and owner at CAN-Decor Ltd.
Anna interviewed Claris to raise awareness and spoke about the issues that she has experienced within the BAME Community.
Click here to read the article or you can listen to the podcast below:
On Saturday 17th February 2018 at an event of 150 women from the Asian Community Anna asked if anyone in the audience had a family member diagnosed with autism. Not one person raised their hand.
Later on in the evening eight parents approached Anna and her team at the event highlighting they were parents and struggling and felt that they could not speak in front of the group for the fear of stigmatisation. This has to stop and we are offering worktops to communities to continue to raise Autism Awareness as part of our ongoing campaign.
Please watch this video below
Alongside the daily challenges faced by a family affected by autism many families experience a great deal of stigmatisation and disapproval from the Asian community, who have often been quick to judge and form opinions based on misconceptions and ignorance and having little or no knowledge.
Please click here to read our press release