The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy

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Exciting news from Jessica Kingsley Publishers!

Last year, I was honored to be asked to contribute to a new book project titled The ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy by authors Jennifer Brunton Ph.D and Jenna Gensic M.A. This book features the voices of professionals and individuals on the spectrum who share their stories and input regarding how we, as a society, can do better when it comes to “effective, respectful, inclusive advocacy and allyship.”

From the publisher:

The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy takes an in-depth look at the key elements of effective, respectful, inclusive advocacy and allyship. Every topic was chosen, shaped, and informed by #ActuallyAutistic perspectives.

The step-by-step guide discusses various aspects of how autism is perceived, explores how best to speak up for individual needs, and introduces advocacy for the wider autistic community. Each step outlines one vital aspect of advocacy and allyship, such as emphasizing acceptance, avoiding assumptions and assuming competence. The advice and strategies laid out in this guide center the wisdom and experiences of Autistic people and enable the reader to confidently speak up with insight and understanding.

-Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2022

The book comes out February 21, 2022, but you can also pre-order your copy. I am so excited and proud to have contributed to this important and enlightening work.

Thank you, Jessica Kingsley Publishers!