World Autism Day
An inspiring song created by our Ambassador – Ethan Khumalo
Ethan Khumalo is eighteen years of age and an autistic dancer and lyricist that performs Grime/Rap music. His aim is to inspire other people that are autistic and also have mental health issues and wants to inspire the talent within them and they can use it, and to find confidence in themselves to showcase it.
Ethan has been dancing for 11 years and then started rapping. Anna Kennedy and Ethan first crossed paths in 2016 where he performed for the first time, at Autism’s Got Talent. Since then, more opportunities arouse.
In 2017 he won a scholarship to train with Pineapple Performing Arts School. Ethan shared:
“Fast forward to now, I am now an ambassador for Anna Kennedy Online. If you asked me how it feels to be an ambassador, l would say it feels humbling to be part of the AKO family. I never expected this honour and privilege. Thank you Anna for creating a platform for people like us, to showcase us talented individuals, to speak for the voiceless.
Anna and the team are a role model to the SEND community, whatever she speaks on, needs to be heard left, right and centre, most people can relate, we just need more to hear us out, which is why we’re raising awareness, people are getting the message which is a good thing.
What I hope to bring to the AKO charity, is to raise further awareness and acceptance in the community and promote the charity as well. I will be doing more rapping and dancing and articles to articulate my thoughts on what happens in life (Black Lives Matter, mental health, autism of course, music, environmental events/incidents). To now be a part of the AKO is unexpected, but definitely worthwhile. l am proper happy that I am an AKO ambassador, I think this is one of my BEST moments; to DATE. Anna has shown me a endless amount of love and support in what I do ever since we met. Thank you Anna for this moment, it wouldn’t have been possible without you, and also for showing me support each and every single time.”
The Odd One Out (Autism Awareness) Prod by me / Unable / Lyrics:
Can’t find myself in distress again the same way that my jeans would be ripped, there wouldn’t be days where I wouldn’t be okay, whys that cause I’m autistic, a reason why I’m doing music, the same reason why I’m still here and doing it, I’m grateful for how far people like us came in the world being autistic,
There’s a reason I’m raising awareness here, shout out to Anna Kennedy, we’re still hungry for change, but they think that’s just the game like Katniss Everdeen, some of us would not be able to go outside cos we might not know other people, but I find it good and I find it great that we have supportive people.
I’ll live and perish for good, it’s okay to be different is the message I push, it’s okay to be you is the message I push, just to state that everyone feels good, it’s ok to be you it’s okay to be unique, it’s okay for you to think differently, this is more than a disability, it’s a superpower that runs in our genes, no DNA, Yet people look at this subject in a different way, and we’re still fighting for the positive change, and that’s to make sure that we’re safe, but the struggles within us are never going away.
Yet people look at this subject in a different way, and we’re still fighting for the positive change, and that’s to make sure that we’re safe, but the struggles within us are never going away, How many people did we try to avoid and how many crowds made so much noise, there is also autistic girls and not just autistic boys, some of us would not have a voice, and others are still finding their voices, to express themselves in a way to block all of these unwanted noises.
Life ain’t sunshine and rainbows, it will bring thunder and lightning, it will bring clouds and rainfall, but we are blessed for the helpful guidance, from everyone around us, but there’s others who tried to doubt us, but let’s get away from those type of people that wanted to doubt us.
Vulnerability is not an option, and that’s something that cannot be mocked, that’s for the bullies to hear, you need to know that life is a lot, give us a break like the campaign, so that everyone feels okay, give us a break like the campaign, so that everyone feels okay.
It’s okay to be different, that’s the message I’m pushing, just so you know we can do it, knowing that we can put our minds to it, even though life would treat us differently at times, we still managed to get through it.
Please watch and listen Ethan’s video below: