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The Autism and Neurodiversity Self Advocacy Handbook: Developing the Skills to Determine Your Own Future Paperback – 21 February 2022


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The ability and opportunity to self-advocate for themselves has been a basic right that has often been denied to many autistic and neurodivergent people. Although these sentiments have begun to shift, there is still relatively little research or information that provides autistic or neurodivergent people or family members with specific guidance for how they can take steps to self-advocate in different contexts. The Autism and Neurodiversity Self Advocacy Handbook goes a long way to fulfilling this gap. The use of practical cases and examples and clear points would be very useful to both autistic and neurodivergent people as well as the professionals and family who work with them. In addition, this book describes self-advocacy in areas of life that have not often been discussed. Particular highlights include chapters on advocacy in old age, social media and relationships. This book makes a significant contribution to current knowledge and is a must have for autistic and neurodivergent teens and adults, and for anyone who supports them. -- Amanda Webster, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Wollongong and author of Life on the Autism Spectrum. Barb Cook and Yenn Purkis are respected advocates who write in an accessible way. This book could be useful for people wishing to become an advocate. We thought the book was most illuminating when the authors share their insights on foundational issues in self-advocacy such as self-awareness, self- determination and awareness of rights. The book has a broad scope and the authors helpfully consider a range of environments such as schools, workplaces or relationships. -- Ainslie Robinson, Working in Partnership Officer/Research Assistant (Autistic Person) and Tom Tutton, Executive Manager, Aspect Practice both at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

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The ability and opportunity to self-advocate for themselves has been a basic right that has often been denied to many autistic and neurodivergent people. Although these sentiments have begun to shift, there is still relatively little research or information that provides autistic or neurodivergent people or family members with specific guidance for how they can take steps to self-advocate in different contexts. The Autism and Neurodiversity Self Advocacy Handbook goes a long way to fulfilling this gap. The use of practical cases and examples and clear points would be very useful to both autistic and neurodivergent people as well as the professionals and family who work with them. In addition, this book describes self-advocacy in areas of life that have not often been discussed. Particular highlights include chapters on advocacy in old age, social media and relationships. This book makes a significant contribution to current knowledge and is a must have for autistic and neurodivergent teens and adults, and for anyone who supports them. -- Amanda Webster, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Wollongong and author of Life on the Autism Spectrum. Barb Cook and Yenn Purkis are respected advocates who write in an accessible way. This book could be useful for people wishing to become an advocate. We thought the book was most illuminating when the authors share their insights on foundational issues in self-advocacy such as self-awareness, self- determination and awareness of rights. The book has a broad scope and the authors helpfully consider a range of environments such as schools, workplaces or relationships. -- Ainslie Robinson, Working in Partnership Officer/Research Assistant (Autistic Person) and Tom Tutton, Executive Manager, Aspect Practice both at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS (21 February 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787755754
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1787755758

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Barb Cook

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Barb Cook is a highly committed autistic advocate, writer, editor, and highly sought-after international speaker. She has made appearances on Australian radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and in the SBS television documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism.

Barb received a diagnosis of autism (Aspergers syndrome), ADHD and phonological dyslexia in 2009 at the age of 40. This really did give the statement of ‘life begins at 40’ a whole lot more depth and meaning to her — literally a new beginning of self-discovery, self-advocacy and personal empowerment.

Barb is Director and Founder of NeuroEmploy Pty Ltd, a company providing a variety of neurodiversity-specific educational and training programs for neurodivergent individuals, workplace staff, management and businesses.

Barb is editor-in-chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, a magazine she founded in 2016 that is a source of trusted and credible information for about one million readers worldwide. She is also an independent peer reviewer of the journal Autism in Adulthood, and is a published researcher in the areas of autism and mental health.

Her award-winning book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, covers insights of life for women/non-binary on the autistic spectrum and fills a gap between the personal and the professional. Her next book, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook will be released this year.

Barb is a registered Developmental Educator (DE) and an Autism and Neurodiversity Employment Consultant for neurodivergent adults focused on developing individualised learning strategies, tools and supports for individuals across the lifespan.

Barb is Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI); Vice Chair of the association My Life, My Decisions Inc.; and is a committee member of a number of projects and councils related to Aspergers and autism. She completed a Master of Autism (Education) at the University of Wollongong (Australia) in the areas of education and employment.

Barb currently rides a Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 motorcycle called Ron ‘Strom’ Burgundy and he is one of the major loves of Barb’s life. Her motorcycle keeps her anxiety and depression levels in check by taking her out on adventurous rides around the countryside.

Awards/Honours:

• 2021 Winner of the Leadership Support Award - Neurodiversity Academy. In recognition of supporting Neurodiversity inclusive environments and economic prosperity.

• 2021Winner Aspect National Recognition Awards: A Different Brilliant Award.

• Keynote for “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA in 2019.

• Speaker, World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston, Texas

• The 2018 Community Engagement Grant for Facilitating the voice and self-determination of young adults on the autism spectrum

• Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor

www.barbcook.com.au

www.spectrumwomen.com

www.neuroemploy.com

www.neurodiversityhub.com

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