Options Barton held their annual sports day on Thursday 21st July. The sports day was themed around the Olympics, and the teams represented England, Scotland and Wales. Nineteen children took part on the day, including children from our Outreach services, who made a special visit for the occasion. The children were cheered on and supported by parents, grandparents and siblings.
Options has appointed leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy (OBE) as the Autism Ambassador for the group.
Anna has to date worked closely with the autism services with Outcomes First Group and is now extending her role across the services within the group.
Anna, who has two autistic sons, founded autism-specialist school Hillingdon Manor and has also established her own autism awareness charity. The charity, Anna Kennedy Online, provides support and advice about autism-related issues to thousands of parents and carers and promotes inclusion and equality for those with the condition.
Options, part of the Outcomes First Group, provides specialist services for approximately 700 children and young adults across England and Wales with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and learning disabilities. The company offers a pathway which is unique within the sector, providing support to individuals at any stage of their life.
Outcomes First Chief Executive Officer, Graham Baker, said Anna Kennedy’s appointment is an exciting one for the group.
He said: “We are very pleased to welcome Anna to the wider group, her values and wealth of experience will add real value to our expanding organisation.”
Anna said: “I’m really excited about my new role with Options and to continue to do what I have been doing for years, which is raising awareness and ensuring that people with autism are accepted for who they are.
“It’s so important that all of us who are involved with and affected by autism should continue to fight hard and make our voices heard in improving educational and other resources for individuals, their families and carers.
“I can’t wait to support some of the excellent work that Options is doing throughout its services and to get involved in future campaigns and projects.”
(Photography by Shani Burkin Hodson)