Rosie gets New York Emmy date

Pictured is little Rosie King, the autistic girl whose delightful drawings have been picked to illustrate a charming fairy tale about her condition.'Thirteen-year-old Rosie King persuaded her mum, Sharon, to use her own pictures of for the book The Unfinished Stories''rossparry.co.uk
Pictured is little Rosie King, the autistic girl whose delightful drawings have been picked to illustrate a charming fairy tale about her condition.'Thirteen-year-old Rosie King persuaded her mum, Sharon, to use her own pictures of for the book The Unfinished Stories''rossparry.co.uk
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A TEENAGER from Horbury could soon be rubbing shoulders with big name stars including Tina Fey, Claire Danes and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Rosie King’s ground breaking documentary, My Autism and Me, which was featured on CBBC’s Newsround, has been nominated for an International Emmy award.

The 14 year-old has been invited to walk down the red carpet at the glitzy ceremony in New York next February.

But her success hasn’t gone to her head, according to her mum, What Women Want columnist Sharon King.

She said: “Rosie is very low key about it, she doesn’t have the same values as most other kids. When we told her she said ‘Brilliant, can we watch Family Guy’?

“I don’t think it really resonates with her how big this is. But she’s quite excited about wearing a ball gown.”

Horbury Academy pupil Rosie, who has Asperger Syndrome was chosen by producers to present My Autism and Me, which was broadcast in November last year.

It won the Best Children’s Programme at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards.

In September she also presented another documentary called Up and Away for Newsround which explored the nerve-wracking transition children make from primary school to high school.

And that has been nominated for a BAFTA.

Mrs King, of Peel Street, Horbury, said: “For her age she has got quite a few accolades already.

“We’re so proud of her.”

My Autism and Me has been nominated in the first International Emmy Kids Awards which were set up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of TV’s answer to the Oscars.

This year Rosie was also selected to be a campaigner for the National Autistic Society, and will be lobbying for changes in the law to help disabled people.

She said she wanted to make changes to help her brother Lenny, 10, who has autism and her sister Daisy, 12, who has a rare condition called Kabuki Syndrome.