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Our next online Q & A: Autism and bullying with Kevin Healey, author and autism campaigner

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Our next online Q & A: Autism and bullying with Kevin Healey, author and autism campaigner

Wed 31 Jul 2013 2:59pm

Kevin HealeyKevin Healey, author and campaigner, will be taking part in a live online Q & A with us on Wednesday 14 August 2013, 12-1pm BST. Kevin will be answering your questions about autism and bullying, his own experiences, and his new global anti-bullying campaign which has attracted support from celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Katie Price, and Keith Duffy.

"For far too long now, adults on the spectrum have been targeted by bullies," says Kevin. "I am a victim of bullying, from a child to a teenager, to now a grown adult at 38. Cyber bullying now has got so severe I’ve even had death threats. We need to change the law on bullying internationally, whether it’s bullying in the workplace, university or online."

Kevin has been campaigning for autism rights for the last 12 years, he is one of twins, both of which have been diagnosed. In 2001, he founded the North Staffordshire Asperger & Autism Association (NSAAA), then went on the found the Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) in May, 2007.

Kevin has campaigned to get better services and support for people with an autistic spectrum condition, he has won various awards over the last decade including Charity Champion of the year in 2007. He was also awarded the Stoke-On-Trent Citizen of the Year in 2006. Kevin has recently had his autobiography, ‘Twin Brothers Worlds’Apart’ published, with all the proceeds going to charity.

You can sign up for an email reminder on the event page.

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Mike - Former Community Manager

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  • Whirling Mind's picture

    Well done Kevin Healey.  Bullying in general needs tackling of course, but I think bullying because of disabilities especially so.  As an adult with AS who has suffered bullying (including physical assaults) at school, appalling bullying in the workplace resulting in stress leave and inevitably leaving the job, and bullying as an adult (again including physical assaults) I welcome Kevin's campaign wholeheartedly.  I also recently suffered bullying on a website.  My eldest daughter has also suffered bullying (including physical assaults) at school (and this was at a school supposedly with excellent SEN support).  It's a very serious issue and vulnerable people need protection, the law needs to be toughened up and schools, employers and websites need to be made to root out bullies and have a zero tolerance policy.

  • JosieB's picture

    Oh looking forward to that one.  I have read some reviews of his book and it looks like a good one.

    Added to my evergrowing list. Smile

    Josie - Community Champion
  • fixmatop's picture

    I also think this will be a great one and I hope his campaign raises even a little success and awareness of any bullying. I know all to well about being bullied for being dfference and thing like this make lots of difference especially knowing someone is fighting for their right to be safe.  

    Kim - Community Champion
  • Mullybum's picture

    Hi won't be able to do this one as hubby at work that day so I'll be on my own with little monster and feeding him at that time Frown

  • JosieB's picture

    Hi Sharon

    You will be able to read the transcript when you get some time to yourself and if you have any questions you can post them here and Mike will submit them for you. Smile

    Josie - Community Champion
  • MikeS's picture

    This starts in one hour, everyone! I hope you have your questions ready Smile.

    Mike - Former Community Manager
  • MikeS's picture

    This is now live for the next hour.

    Mike - Former Community Manager
  • fixmatop's picture

    Hi Mike,

    This was the first Qand A I have read live for ages s mostly I read the transcipts. -b as interested in his campaign but fund his atitude owards the bullies the most encouraging part

    Kim - Community Champion
  • Whirling Mind's picture

    Mike when the transcript is ready please could you put up a link as I missed this.  Thanks.

  • michaelz's picture

    AUTISM sufferer [sic!] Kevin Healey appeared on Sky News this afternoon to talk about  the issues of cyber bullying...

    http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Autism-sufferer-Kevin-Healey-appears-Sky-News/story-20479923-detail/story.html

    http://www.kevinhealey.net/

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