Autism campaigner hits out at 'anti-autism' article in national press

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough mum and autism campaigner Anna Kennedy Middlesbrough mum and autism campaigner Anna Kennedy

A TEESSIDE mother who became a national figure for her work campaigning for autism has hit out at a series of negative articles about the condition in the national press.

Anna Kennedy, OBE, originally from Middlesbrough but who now lives in London, was moved to contact The Northern Echo after being inundated with messages from angry parents of autistic children.

Mrs Kennedy, who has one child with autism and another with Asperger's Syndrome, became a national figure when she opened her own school for autistic children and has campaigned for 20 years on autism issues.

She said: “After receiving so many messages from angry parents and getting over my disappointment yet again on reading the negative articles that are circulating about autism today. The latest one was titled; ‘Recipe for a serial killer? Childhood abuse, autism and head injuries are more common in murderers, study claims.’

“I would like to make a personal plea to stop stigmatising people with autism with articles such as these.

"It’s hard enough as it is being a parent of a child on the spectrum, where you are trying to protect them in parallel with raising awareness with family, friends and adults in their life about their difficulties and possible behaviours.

"Then as they grow to be an adult on the spectrum who then are trying to get through the day to day tasks like the rest of us with the least stress possible with their added difficulties.

“Articles like these undo all the good work of our charity and people myself who are trying to raise awareness about the condition and share positive achievements of these individuals. There are too many doom and gloom articles around about autism and the aforementioned article is no different and adds to the stresses of families living with the condition.”

Find about more about Mrs Kennedy’s charity at annakennedyonline.com

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8:44am Sat 24 May 14

cybilesister says...

Wow lots have lots of respect anna kennedy the more help and understanding for autism the better and autism causes kids to become muderers as adults are annoying and a load of Bs i am a aspie 21 year old female an autisic adult and all stupid newspaper out their guess what no murders under my belt but stupid newspaper out there your articles like that have stopped all work.places in my area employing me it's hard enough being and autistic adult without these stigmas let alone with them so from this aspie girl to all newspapers that print those kind of articles stop and to Anna Kennedy don't let the negative get u down keep going cause anyone who understands autism enough to help just the slightest bit is amazing in my eyes
Wow lots have lots of respect anna kennedy the more help and understanding for autism the better and autism causes kids to become muderers as adults are annoying and a load of Bs i am a aspie 21 year old female an autisic adult and all stupid newspaper out their guess what no murders under my belt but stupid newspaper out there your articles like that have stopped all work.places in my area employing me it's hard enough being and autistic adult without these stigmas let alone with them so from this aspie girl to all newspapers that print those kind of articles stop and to Anna Kennedy don't let the negative get u down keep going cause anyone who understands autism enough to help just the slightest bit is amazing in my eyes cybilesister
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10:58am Sat 24 May 14

bambara says...

"Autism causes kids to become murderers as adults" - Don't know about that, personnally I though it caused the to become IT geeks as adults.
I know that one lady in the USA was advised to move to one particular area of the city she lived in because they had better provision for her autistic child in that area, - as it is the area where all the "IBMer's" hang out.
She looked into it and found there was indeed a much higher incident of autism and aspergers in the areas dominated by tech companies.
Now I don't know if working in a cubicle all day sends them over the edge and primes them to go on a killing spree, but from what I've seen they are more likely to go off on an online orcs and goblin killing spree, or go on a sci-fi watching spree, or a pizza and coke spree.
But then Autism is a spectrum disorder, it goes all the way from the high functioning aspies running some of the most successful companies in the world and I suspect overlaps somewhere with serious associative disorders at the other end. Perhaps it is this overlap where the sufferer is unable to empathise with others and as a result lacks remorse or guilt for any harm done that is where the problem lies?
"Autism causes kids to become murderers as adults" - Don't know about that, personnally I though it caused the to become IT geeks as adults. I know that one lady in the USA was advised to move to one particular area of the city she lived in because they had better provision for her autistic child in that area, - as it is the area where all the "IBMer's" hang out. She looked into it and found there was indeed a much higher incident of autism and aspergers in the areas dominated by tech companies. Now I don't know if working in a cubicle all day sends them over the edge and primes them to go on a killing spree, but from what I've seen they are more likely to go off on an online orcs and goblin killing spree, or go on a sci-fi watching spree, or a pizza and coke spree. But then Autism is a spectrum disorder, it goes all the way from the high functioning aspies running some of the most successful companies in the world and I suspect overlaps somewhere with serious associative disorders at the other end. Perhaps it is this overlap where the sufferer is unable to empathise with others and as a result lacks remorse or guilt for any harm done that is where the problem lies? bambara
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