Wow what a good week we have had!
Bubble Day was amazing, could believe so many people came, a way to celebrate autism awareness day. We even made from page of the paper! Some beautiful pictures of the children. http://kentmessenger.newsprints.co.uk/slideshow/bykw/p/u/0/2/KE%20BUBBLES%20020413
Then on Thursday we ran our own parent training, providing training that was much needed, yet not be provided. Austin Hughes from Anna Kennedy Online travelled from North Hants to join us for the day. The feedback from parents was brilliant, and it is definately the first of many!
Austin is a former actor/singer who in his spare time would volunteer and
work in and around many disabilities. Not happy with some of what he saw, Austin developed his own workshops.
His interest in autism grew from a friend that was on the ‘spectrum’. He
learned how to build strong bonds and understanding by putting himself in the shoes of the person he’s working with – seeing life from their point of view.
After suffering a serious head/brain injury in 2007 Austin was left with his
own disabilities which brought about a change in his career. Working within autism became his main focus as he trained and enjoyed working for the NAS.
He is currently Senior Behavioural Support and Training Officer for Anna Kennedy Online.
Austin has been delivering training with ASD Ashford over the last 2 years, and has helped many of our members. He has always been hugely supportive of what we do as group, and it's fair to say he has been taken to the hearts of our families.
It was with great pleasure that in February 2014, he came on board as our Patron.