I am a contributing author to this book which was edited by Michelle Sutton and published by Autonomous Press. In my chapter I share my disregard for social media/technology shaming. The following quote from the book’s intro provides a brief description of its content: “In The Real Experts, Michelle has collected writings from a dozen autistic authors, containing ‘insider’ wisdom on autism that has been invaluable to her family. The result is an extraordinary resource for families with autistic children, and also for educators, therapists, and other professionals.”
Along with Lydia X. Z. Brown and E. Ashkenazy, I am a co-editor and contributing author to this book, which is the first ever anthology on race and autism. The following quote from the anthology provides a helpful synopsis: “Delve into poetry, essays, short fiction, photography, paintings, and drawings in the first-ever anthology entirely by autistic people of color, featuring 61 writers and artists from seven countries. The work here represents the lives, politics, and artistic expressions of Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, Mixed-Race, and other racialized and people of color from many autistic communities, often speaking out sharply on issues of marginality, intersectionality, and liberation.”
I am a contributing author of a chapter about intersectionality in this book which was edited by Elizabeth Bartmess. Knowing Why explores the experiences of Autistic people who did not receive their autism until adulthood. As described in the following quote, the book includes essays that “reflect the value of knowing why–why we are different from so many other people, why it can be so hard to do things others can take for granted, and why there is often such a mismatch between others’ treatment of us and our own needs, skills, and experiences. Essay topics include recovering from burnout, exploring our passions and interests, and coping with sensory overload, especially in social situations.”
I am a contributing author to this book about neurodiversity which was edited by Dr. Steven Kapp. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, it was released Winter 2020 as an open source book that can be accessed electronically in full or in part by anyone for free! However, you can also obtain a physical copy of the book on Amazon if you’d like HERE. This book “marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. This critical analysis describes the formation of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement, progress in their influence on the broader autism community and field, and their possible threshold of the advocacy establishment, legendary actions which have shifted the landscape toward viewing autism in social terms of human rights and identity to accept, rather than as a medical collection of deficits and symptoms to cure.”
As part of my work with AWN Network, I am part of an internal team currently coordinating the republication of an anthology on autism and gender that will be released in Spring 2021. It will feature several contributors from a previous work What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew in addition to a new group of contributing authors, and will be released in softcover, hardcover, e-book, and audio book formats. The anthology editors are Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, and myself, and we are being published by Beacon Press.
Voices of Practice: New Stories of Scholarship
I am a contributing author of a chapter of an upcoming book which is being edited by Sean Michael Morris, Lucy Rai, and Karen Littleton. The anthology, which will be published by Hybrid Pedagogy, is titled Voices of Practice: New Stories of Scholarship, will be “a collection of narratives that trace the scholarship journeys of educators whose work started outside of academia. Pulled from a wide range of voices, the volume will explore the latent, often unspoken challenges of teaching in academe when our experience is in the field.
Inspired by scholarly narratives like those from Ruth Behar, bell hooks, Jonathan Kozol, and others, the book will inspect, interrupt, question, and reconstruct what it means to be a scholar, using deeply personal reflections, poignant vignettes, and carefully examined timelines of intellectual and professional development. The anthology features authors who may not at first call themselves ‘academics’ and who have focused their careers on the practice rather than the publishing of scholarship.” It will be published in 2021.
Under a pseudonym, I am a contributing author to a book of poetry and art created by survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence. The book, which is still in development/currently on hiatus, is part of a fundraising effort for a program that provides services for parents who are starting over after leaving their abusers.
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