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.