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London Teenager Campaigns for Autistic Adults

From: Deutsche Welle
Series: Generation Change
Length: 04:59

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With her popup café project in London, 16-year-old Bella Tommey breaks down prejudices again autistic adults and helps them find jobs. Read the full description.

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Bella Tommey's one-day cafe was inspired by her younger brother Billy, who suffers from the neural development disorder. Because of lack of support, understanding and opportunities, most people with Autism find it impossible to get a job. Bella’s campaign was all about giving those with Autism a chance, enabling Autistic adults to put something back into society and work to support themselves and their family.  Our profile is produced by Natalia Danneberg for Radio Deutsche Welle.

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Bella Tommey's one-day cafe was inspired by her younger brother Billy, who suffers from the neural development disorder. Because of lack of support, understanding and opportunities, most people with Autism find it impossible to get a job. Bella’s campaign was all about giving those with Autism a chance, enabling Autistic adults to put something back into society and work to support themselves and their family.  Our profile is produced by Natalia Danneberg for Radio Deutsche Welle.

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Review of London Teenager Campaigns for Autistic Adults

London teenager Bella Tommey‘s vision for autistic people to have the job opportunities they deserve comes from her relationship with her younger brother, Billy, who has autism. She recognized that autistics had talents and strengths overlooked by most people and she set out to change their perceptions. Billy’s Café was born. Named after her autistic brother, Billy’s Café is a series of popup cafes where people can meet, mingle and be served by autistic people.
This story had excellent sound quality, great editing and wonderful music to help set the tone. The only major problem I found with the piece was the ending. The story cuts out in the middle of what sounded like the last sentence, but all in all I found this to be an interesting and inspiring story that can help teach people more about autism, and maybe even inspire them to do something good for their community like Bella Tommey has done for hers.

Timing and Cues

Length = 4:59
opens with :05 music
outag: ... people with autism do need to be given a chance.

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INTRO:

London 16-year-old Bella Tommey sees a better future for autistic adults.
She recently started up a series of one day cafes, putting the Autistic to work to prove a point. He one-day cafe project was inspired by her younger brother Billy, who suffers from the neural development disorder. Because of lack of support, understanding and opportunities, most people with Autism find it impossible to get a job. Bella’s campaign was all about giving those with Autism a chance, enabling Autistic adults to put something back into society and work to support themselves and their family.  Our profile is produced by Natalia Danneberg for Radio Deutsche Welle.

OUTRO:

Bella Tommey's campaign has been a huge success - she attracting thousands of supporters in Britian including Prime Minister David Cameron, Kate Winslet, and Kate Nash. For more on Deutsche Welle's "Generation Change" series go to http://rss.dw-world.de/xml/podcast_en_pulse_series

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