June 19, 2014

Kirsty 2Bournemouth, Dorset, UK – Kirsty Ann Âû‎, 24, is Founder of ‘Autie for Independence’ and has been actively involved with the Department of Education in working on the the new SEND criteria for those individuals with disabilities and special needs. Kirsty has autism, intellectual learning disability, dyspraxia, mental health issues and Irlen syndrome.

Kirsty was a runner up for Young Entrepreneur and Inspiring Role Model in her local area, and won Inspiring Young Role Model while receiving 2nd place for the Young Entrepreneur Award.

Kirsty has also appeared in the documentary, ‘The Autistic Me’, as well as other documentaries that raise awareness of autism.

Below is a clip from ‘The Autistic Me’ that features Kirsty (starting around the 2 minute mark).

Kirsty contacted Autism Daily Newscast as she will be representing, as a delegate, autistic ambassador and working as part of the production team at the International Naturally Autistic Peoples Awards Convention and Festival in Edinburgh this October. Their mission statement on their website reads:

“ANCA focuses on “how” the autistic mind processes information, or what ANCA terms “The Autistic Paradigm – from the inside out” – a mental/cognitive processing map that is unique and distinct to all autistic people – children, teens and adults.

By understanding the communications process that autistic people naturally have to work with and supporting this unique, inherent process, inappropriate behaviors dissipate. These behaviors are often a form of communication in an effort for the autistic individual to communicate and express themselves”.

Kirsty told us that she needs to raise £1,500 to attend the event:

“It is something I am really passionate about as I have heard great things about INAPAFC but in order for me to attend I need to raise £1,500 that will cover the costs of travel, accommodation, workshops, summit. This will be my first year of attending.”

Therefore Kristy has set up a GoFundMe page in which she hopes to raise the money.

Kirsty told us:

Kirsty with Leonora Gregory-Collura
Kirsty with Leonora Gregory-Collura

“We raise money because (quoted by Leonora), Funding one self is part of our mandated process – we do not fundraise for the event as an organisation, as its mandate was to encourage individuals to learn how to partner with their local communities;not a hand out – a hand up! That has been our motto from the onset and it is working, we have entrepreneurs and artists all over the world making direct connections with their local communities as a result and because of this we are gaining momentum for acceptance as an autistic community.”

Kirsty also added:

Kirsty“Today I received some grateful and thankful kind gesture and Sandra Chattaway wrote this:

We have a local young woman with Autism called Kirsty Au (ne Seager), who I worked with for many years in the past. She has given so much of her time to raising awareness of autism locally and nationally. Appearing in two BBC films about Autism, she became Young Disabled Ambassator going to London eventually on her own to represent young people in Dorset. She now has the opportunity to go to Edinbourough in October to the International Naturally Autistic Peoples Awards Convention and Festival. But she has to find her own funds.

I would like to offer a reduced Sound Therapy Treatment once a week with all money going to Kirsty. Usually £30 now £25. If you would like to help or make a donation”

Click here to find out what Sandra Chattaway Sound Therapy is.

Sandra tells of Kirsty:

“She now has the opportunity to go to Edinburgh in October to the International Naturally Autistic Peoples Awards Convention and Festival. But she has to find her own funds.
I would like to offer a reduced Sound Therapy Treatment once a week with all money going to Kirsty. Usually £30 now £25. If you would like to help or make a donation”

For more information about Sandra’a offer please visit her website here

To help support Kirsty in attending INAPA please visit her GoFundMe page here

Kristie’s Facebook page can be found here

 

About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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