Kent Autism Campaigner Receives Points of Light Award from PM

Friday, 1 Sep 2017

Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis Prime Minister Theresa May has given autism campaigner Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis the Points of Light Award for educating instructors, giving lectures, and working directly with children to encourage participation and inclusion.Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, from Herne Bay, Kent, campaigns across the UK to encourage more children with autism to get involved in sports and recreation activities, such as martial arts and dance. Sandra has a PhD relating to the learning methods of autistic people and was diagnosed with autism as an adult, which inspired her to use her experiences to promote greater inclusion, with a specific focus on getting children involved in karate and other sports. Over the years, she has reached thousands of individuals through her training, lectures, books, blog and support groups.

Dr Beale-Ellis is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Dr Beale-Ellis, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through your campaigning, you have encouraged thousands of children with autism to get involved in sports and recreation activities outside of the classroom. You have used your own experiences to promote greater inclusion for the next generation, and you should be proud of what you have achieved.”

Dr Beale-Ellis said: “I was in shock when I found out I had won a Points of Light Award; it is such an honour to be recognised by the Prime Minister for my autism work. Many years after I started to teach autistic children, and during a doctorate in education, I was
diagnosed myself. I felt proud to be a part of the community I had worked with for so long. My long run of childhood illnesses including cancer, were all factors in my continued passion for helping others. Now my work continues to develop so that autistic individuals of all ages can use their 'voice' and their skills; raising much needed awareness of our unique characters and how we can contribute to society.”

Sir Roger Gale, Member of Parliament for Herne Bay, North Thanet & the Villages said: “I am very pleased that the tireless work of Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis in the field of research into Autism has been recognised in a Points of Light award. Autism is a condition that affects, in one form or another, a frightening number of our constituents and it is the dedication of those like Dr. Beale-Ellis that will hopefully in
the near future, deliver a better understanding and procedures for the management of the condition”


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