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
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.
Inspiring and Instructive
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.
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.