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Not Stupid: The Story of One Mother's Fight to Rescue the Lives of Her Children from Autism
 
 

Not Stupid: The Story of One Mother's Fight to Rescue the Lives of Her Children from Autism [Kindle Edition]

Anna Kennedy
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When Anna and Sean Kennedy discovered that one of their sons had asperger's syndrome and that their other son was autistic, they were truly devastated - but their family's troubles were just the beginning.Turned away by no fewer than 26 special needs schools when searching for appropriate educational facilities for their boys, Anna and Sean were down - but not out. Anna was determined to prove that for children like their sons, the challenges of growing up with autism - to demonstrate to the world that they were simply Not Stupid - did not have to end in defeat. Through sheer guts and determination, they turned their situation into a victory by establishing a centre of excellence for the care and support of those with autism. With more than half a million people in Britain affected by autism, it is little wonder that their school quickly became over-subscribed - proof that educational provision in this field is inadequate in the United Kingdom today, and proof also that it is still possible to transform a vision into reality through simply not giving up. Anna's story, and that of her ever-improving sons, is a beacon of inspiration for parents of special needs children all over the country. Not Stupid offers a readers a rollercoaster of emotions but most of all it offers a real sense of hope for those whose lives are affected by autism.

About the Author

THE AUTHOR Anna Kennedy and her husband Sean, live in London with their two autistic sons Patrick and Angelo. Not Stupid is the story of Anna's determination to provide an appropriate learning environment for her sons and for other children within the autistic spectrum.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844547841
  • Publisher: John Blake (6 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGY5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 26 April 2009
By Ann M
Format:Hardcover
I bought the book for a friend who has a son with autism. I thought I would read a few pages to see if it might be of some help before giving it to her. I couldn't put it down and read the whole book. Not Stupid has given me a good insight into the lives of parents who have children with autism. I found the book very inspiring and easy to read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Instructive 16 Feb 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all this is an extremely remarkable tale of the achievement of this woman and her husband to create a network of schools, a college and other facilities for autistic children, all triggered by the needs of their own children who are still only 14 and 18 years old.

Secondly there is a lot of interesting information about teaching methods and how Anna has managed her family as it turns out her husband has Aspergers too! Some parts of the book are written by her husband and eldest son.

An inspiring tale, and full of relevant information if you care for people on the autistic spectrum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring 13 Feb 2013
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I have 2 boys on the spectrum who struggle with mainstream and as there is no la asd school have to continue to do so, wish I had the energy and determination to do what she did for my boys, an inspiring mum
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not stupid. 19 Aug 2013
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Story of a mother's determination to get the best possible support for her sons. Inspiring as an example of single minded focus, undaunted and courageous - just not that well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 31 Mar 2013
By Bert
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I was inspired to hear of her story about starting her own school, as an ordinary person.
I was fascinated to hear more about her experiences of living with autistic people and raising her children, and it really helped me to understand how difficult this must be at times.
The book is well written, and her passion comes across on every page.
I'm glad I read it, and I think I will remember this story to encourage me to battle on when all the doors seem to be closed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 9 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An inspirational book by an inspirational lady and her family and their plight to get a decent education. They prove you should never give up hope. Would recommend to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fighting the odds and the system 8 Mar 2013
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This is the story of a remarkable woman demonstrating courage and resilience and fighting for the best for her children. I'm not sure why Anna set up a business rather than a charity but I applaud the courage to invest her own money. It's clear that when you have a direct need for services and experience of autism one is much better placed to ensure good quality provision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 2 Aug 2012
By Ella
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A truley inspiring book. Not only does the author demonstrate what wonderful things can be achieved but she also provides very useful information and explanations about autism. The book gives an account of finding and opening a school to provide for the needs of her children and others. She continues to amaze with her continuing enthusism and drive to open further facilities, secondary provision and an F.E college. Reading this book gave me hope and I was continuly amazed with the apparent ease big milestones were tackled and achieved. 'If you believe you can you will !!'
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to read this book to understand what parents ...
Everyone needs to read this book to understand what parents of autistic children go through. Anne is an inspiration to us all. Read more
Published 44 minutes ago by dave key
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
An inspirational lady. Despite not being a professional writer she has done a fantastic job of telling her incredible story whilst also making the booking educational with regards... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of building a school
Anna Kennedy could not find a school for statistic sons so she had to open one! With support from friends and family she has opened a school, college and other services to give her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid?
I don't like the word stupid in the title. It is disrespectful to people with mental impairment and suggests a view that autism is a more prestigious form of abnormality.
Published 3 months ago by John B. Price
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Based on a true family's experience this explains AsD from their point of view good to read if you are struggling with the diagnosis
Published 3 months ago by Train fan mum
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Wow what a great lady and fascinating insight into her life and determination to do her best for her boys and others like them.
Published 6 months ago by corrina whiteoak
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
The author of this book is a truely inspirational young lady, that will do anything to help her children. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, insightful and courageous
Wow, wow, wow. I read this book in two days and from the start I couldn't put it down. As someone who works in this area, Anna 's account and description of this hidden disability... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very moving story. Could relate to lots of it with regards to my son. It really helps to know that there are other people out there who understand what you're going through
Published 9 months ago by So Fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must!
Excellently written, very informative and truly inspirational, would love to meet Anna Kennedy and visit Hillingdon Manor School. A good insight into reality living with autism.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs G Greenwood
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