Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity

New Book Launch – called From a tear to here! 

We are so excited to launch this spectacular book written by Dawn Avery, one of our charity champions

Dawn Avery shared:

Aston Avery has achieved so much in his young life.  More recently Creating Team Avery Essex.  He has fundraised for various charities over the years, raising to date a net £80000.00.  He and our family support National charity Anna Kennedy Online.  With help of a small group, he runs Astons pamper project for local heroes.  He has given so much back to our community in raising autism awareness.  I started to document his story many years back and could see for herself it was to unfold into a story of hope and achievements.

A negative to a positive.  A story of overcoming so much to be the man he is today.  I was passionate about people sharing our journey.   We have been helping many local families to date, listening to their struggles, and creating inclusive events, as well as taking a short film into local schools and groups.  We recognised a need, for people to see a person that had already experienced what they were currently living through.  Understanding their fears.  Thus, the book evolved.

This book tells the story of our family’s pathway, living with autism and ill health.  It documents how it affects each of us, not just Aston.  It gives an insight into a journey that many would not understand.  I was so lucky to have the help Of Michael Barnard- Editor and The Michel Barnard charitable trust- the sponsor.  With additional help from Designer Tally Nothey and Aston himself creating doodles for each chapter the book and my dream will become a reality.

About Aston  

Born in Basildon in 1991 Aston-Martin Avery was certainly different, not less, but different.  At the age of two and a half, Aston was diagnosed with Autism. In those days, little was known about the condition.  Unable to speak until the age of 6, and virtually out of control, the book plots the remarkable and miraculous journey of Aston.  From his difficulties and health issues to a confident, well-spoken voluntary radio DJ.

Now an ambassador to the Anna Kennedy Online charity and a provider himself of help to many deserving causes.  As a family the journey was a contrast of despairs and jubilations. At the start of the journey, Aston was an extremely difficult child, requiring lots of professional intervention.

He would bang his head continuously, eat inedible objects and generally tantrum at every opportunity. He was a constant worry to us all and would run away the moment our backs were turned. The task of looking after Aston was made even more difficult as we had to hold down jobs and care for our son Aaron, although to his credit, he was highly supportive.  Autism takes on many different forms and within this book, you will discover many of the traits of autism ranging from the need for routine, to the absence of emotions, and the acceptance by autistic people that everything they are told is true. Innocence is evident in all Aston does to this day.

I hope you enjoy our journey, and that it gives you an insight into living with an autistic person. For those who have an autistic child or who are coming into contact with an autistic child, I hope the book helps you to understand their problems and needs, thereby helping to give you some guidance on how to cope with those problems.  It also documents the influence of others including the professionals.

About Dawn Avery

Dawn Avery is the part of the first charity champion couples and covers the Essex region. Dawn first become involved with Anna Kennedy Online in May 2015 when her son Aston took part in Autism’s Got Talent.

Dawn said “It was a time I would not change for anyone as he really embraced his Autism from the very moment we become involved. We were made to feel a welcome part of the team. We have held a number of Autistic & proud events for the charity including supporting the Essex, The AKO Celebrity football match and the AGT roadshow in Essex. We continue to come up with various ventures to support this amazing charity”

Keith is the other part of the Essex charity champion couple. Keith said “We had always fundraised for various charities but this one deserved us to go that extra mile. We are always looking for other ideas to raise funds but more importantly autism awareness in the Essex area”

Keith and Dawn’s son Aston was offered to be an Ambassador for Anna Kennedy online, his Autistic & Proud fundraisers were then made for the charity.

Purchase your copy!

From a tear to here – an Autism families journey

From A tear to Here-Autism a families journey

This book tells the story of Dawn Avery’s, our Charity Champion and her family’s pathway, living with autism and ill health.  It documents how it affected each of her family and not just her son Aston.  It gives an insight into a journey that many would not understand.

Dawn was so lucky to have the help Of Michael Barnard- Editor and The Michel Barnard charitable trust- the sponsor.

All proceeds will go to Anna Kennedy Online!


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