Ishia Beckford

Works at The Aspire Wellbeing Centre

Personal Assistant to Keith Edmondson & Jenny Daniels

Son: Neziah 18 (eldest of 2 children)

Diagnosed: 10 years old

Some of the common traits associated with Autism that Neziah has are:

  • Limited/avoiding eye contact
  • High sensitivity to smell and taste
  • Social communication/interaction and understanding can be difficult
  • Lacks empathy in certain circumstances
  • Liking a strict daily routine

For many people, if they are not familiar with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) needs or were not expressly told that Neziah was Autistic, they would not be none the wiser. 

Neziah is developing as any other 18 year old would, despite the daily challenges his condition often presents. He has always attended Mainstream school and is currently in 6th form doing A Levels/Level 3 CTEC courses.

Being diagnosed with Autism has never stopped Neziah being involved in activities outside the home.

Over the years he has participated in programmes such as:

  • Ice skating lessons
  • Swimming lessons
  • Scouts (Cubs through to Explorers, also having gone on many camping trips including to Sweden)
  • Playing Basketball, Rugby, Football clubs (including having the opportunity to volunteer as an Assistant Football Coach for a year)
  • Playing sports at school including representing his school for a number of years in the Federation Sports Day
  • Kung-Fu