As Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, a trailblazing local early intervention centre has been visited by ‘autism royalty’ today.
Leading autism Anna Kennedy has been visiting the Puzzle Centre, in Middle Claydon, run by Alex Stanyer from Winslow, which provides early years education for pre-school children with autism.
Anna Kennedy is the mother of two autistic boys, now young adults.
When they were very young, Mrs Kennedy struggled to get a diagnosis and appropriate education for them. In desperation, she remortgaged her home and set up a school and has been campaigning ever since for the rights and needs of children and families on the spectrum.
She has now set up two schools in Hillingdon, north London, a respite centre and college.
She was Tesco Mum of the Year 2013 and has been awarded an OBE for her work.