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Enabling the Silent Voices of Autistic People to Be Heard

Ending Inequality for Hidden Disabilities and Conditions

Autism is not a disease or a sickness but a difference to the way one thinks, acts, and sees the world. We are being the change for bringing the cultural aspects of autism to the autistic community. Call Us Now Venessa Bobb, founder of Autism Thrive Services.

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As an Autistic people, you often feel:

  • Excluded due to lack of understanding.
  • Isolated and lonely.
  • Don’t find the resources and information you need.
  • Overwhelmed by too much information out there.

  • There are unconscious biases and assumptions by those around you.
  • Family members and professionals don’t understand you and deny you help.

  • You have conflicting information from different organisations and are confused.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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The challenges many families have faced during COVID19 have brought to the forefront the hidden voices from the ethnic communities and dual heritage communities, such as lack of representation, resources, exploring cultural differences, and breakdown of communication for those with language barriers. It is astonishing that there is no statistical data on autism across the UK that focuses on ethnicity, culture, and race.

Don’t suffer in silence.

Talk to an expert who is qualified to provide you the best assistance to meet your needs. We are here to listen to you and find a safe space to be yourself.

Who We Help

Family

Providing support, advice, and information to the entire family

Autistic people

Where to find the relevant support for actually autistic people

Girls/Young women

Hosting online and face to face support with autistic speakers and specialists

Autistic Mothers

Useful information, especially for autistic mothers and teen mums

Fathers/single fathers & Male Carers

Support groups of fathers and male carers

Grand parents/Mature Carers

Useful information, especially for grandparents caring for autistic children.

Black community

Signposting services in regard to mental health, Stop & Search, domestic abuse, and social media

Education/ Training

Signposting services in regard to mental health, Stop & Search, domestic abuse, and social media

Professionals

Autism workshops for professionals working with autistic people and their families

Local Community Services

Supporting and targeting the autistic community.
NHS, Clinical, Commissioning Group, Healthwatch, Social Prescribing

Businesses

Working in collaboration with our partners.

Criminal Justice System

Be aware of the red flags that can affect the well-being of your autistic child.

MEET VENESSA BOBB

Venessa Bobb is a mother of 3 – ages 20, 18, and 15. The two youngest is diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Severe Expressive Receptive Language.

The youngest has Benign Rolandic Epilepsy, and her oldest daughter is diagnosed with Moderate Language Difficulties.

Venessa is the founder of A2ndvoice CIC, a not-for-profit organisation set up in August 2018, which started as a self-help group in May 2012.

They run various projects focusing on Autism and other related conditions supporting the needs of autistic people and their families. They specialise in the Black African, Black Caribbean, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Communities and Dual Heritage Communities.

Due to COVID19, much of their work runs virtually, offering coffee mornings, workshops, 1:1 support, and also not forgetting professionals with autistic children and adults.

During this season, Venessa and her team held over 160 webinars and meetings looking at various topics.

She is currently a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) Advisory Group, Member of the NHS England Parent Participation Forum, Branch Officer/Chair for Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth Branch), Scottish Autism Affinity Peer Support, and Co-Chair for the Lambeth Autism Action Forum.

Venessa has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC London Radio, and Premier Classic Radio. She has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, SEN Magazine, Arise Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Network Autism, and Autism Eye Magazine.

She took part in panel discussion and presentations in National Autistic Society Professional Conference, New Scotland Yard, West Kensington Police Station, Educational Psychologists Autism Special Interest Group, Special Needs Jungle, Autistic School Project, NAHT Girls & Autism conference, Anna Freud Centre, UCL, The TES SEN Show, Streatham, and Stockwell Job Centre. She also exhibited at The Autism Shows with Sensory Activation Solutions and Yotism.

She is the co-author of “Girls and Autism,” edited by Professor Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happe, and Jo Egerton.

Awards

  • Winner of BATCA Community Award Outstanding Services in Balham and Tooting 2019
  • Community Activism – The NABSS 10th Anniversary Awards 2017
  • Nominee of the Include Me Too – Inspirational Mother of the Year Award 2015
  • Winner of Wandsworth Civic – Unsung Local Heroes Awards 2015

Currently been nominated for The National Diversity Awards 2022

National Diversity Award

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY?

I have known Venessa for over a decade. Her sterling and dedicated work have come into its own as the years have gone by. She is a trailblazer in educating, sharing, and empowering the masses valuable information on the cultural, racial representation within autism spanning all contexts. She is a passionate and dedicated woman with a strong moral and ethical ethos, she is personable, kind, forward-thinking, and direct, and this filters into her work. I highly recommend Venessa and A2ndvoice as the place to go for education on the broader and much-needed cultural aspects of autism.

Paul Isaacs , Autistic speaker, trainer, author, and consultant

Through the APPGA Advisory Group, I’ve also had the chance to work with the amazing @BobbVenessa, who is a brilliant ally and champion of autistic people and does a fantastic job chairing the @lambethNAS branch and running @a2ndvoice.

Helen Ellis , Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-ordinator - National Autistic Society and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism Group Advisory Group

Aji Lewis (#SeniLaw) highly recommended @bobbvenessa with regards to The Restrictive Interventions and Safeguard Children (RRISC) group work, and I really hope we get to meet her.

Elle Chapple founder of CanDoELLA

It’s always a pleasure to be part of the team with A2nd Voice – their events are stimulating, fun, and always well-attended! – Suzy Rowland, Author, Autism & ADHD Specialist, PCBT

Suzy Rowland, founder of Happy In School Project - Author | ADHD AUTISM Specialist & COACH

When you are Autistic, trying to be listened to is hard unless there is a crisis!

Through a simple 3-step process, I’ll work with you to help you and your family to provide the solution you need.

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PROGRAMS

Speaking engagement

Online and face to face

Consultancy in Autism

One to one support, parents and child and group sessions

Event producer

Host community fairs, conferences, and workshops

Imagine finally finding the solution to your challenges and be at peace with yourself.

TRANSFORMATIONAL SPEAKER

Are you looking for an energetic and powerful speaker for your next virtual event?

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BOOK

Girls and Autism – Educational, Family, and Personal Perspectives

Contribution – Venessa Bobb – Chapter 6

PODCAST

Listen to the new episode of the A2ndvoice podcast for thought-provoking lived experiences packed with inspiration and empowering sessions.

A2ndvoice Looking at the Cultural Perspective of Autism

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