Our Autism Activists group of young people are in the running for a national charity film award for their animated video called Let Me Be Me.

But they need your support to get to the finals of the Smiley Charity Film Awards - and voting starts at midday today (22nd November)!

You can watch the video and cast your vote at www.smileycharityfilmawards.com for the next two months.

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Our Autistic Activists groups provide an opportunity for children and young people to meet up, learn more about themselves and each other, and get their voices heard using creative methods.

In summer, a group of seven 9- to 17-year-olds worked with a professional animator to create a video focusing on autistic people's human rights, looking at what dignity, equality and respect mean in their lives.

It was produced as part of our Everyday Equality campaign, which addresses the obstacles autistic people face in their daily lives and what organisations should do to ensure equal access.

Kerrie Highcock, family development manager at the North East Autism Society who supports the Autism Activists, said: "Autistic young people’s voices are often underrepresented. But how do we change society if we don’t listen to people with lived experience?”

Voting for the Charity Film Awards closes on 12th January before the finalists are announced. The winners will be decided after a second round of voting, and the awards ceremony takes place at London's Leicester Square in March. Wish our activists luck!

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