I’m willing to read anything Barb Cook writes. Ms. Cook was in our 3rd book, and her chapter blew me away! I’m now a fan of anything she produces. She is sage, direct, and ready to teach us all about self-advocacy.
This book offers an insider’s perspective: Ms. Cook is part of the Autism community, so she teaches from within the community as both a member and a professional. And though I don’t know Yenn Purkis (yet!), I will add Yenn to my list of people to meet should I ever get to Australia (thanks, Covid!).
I’m cutting and pasting this right from Amazon:
Being autistic, you might come across more challenges than others around you, such as dealing with ableism, discrimination in employment or difficulties in your relationships. Learning to successfully self-advocate will help you to build confidence, strengthen your relationships and ensure your needs are met.
Written by two autistic activists, this book will give you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation. It covers specific scenarios including work, school, and family and relationships, as well as looking at advocacy for the wider community, whether that’s through social media, presentations or writing. Additionally, the book provides advice on building independence, developing your skills, standing up for others and resolving conflict.
The authors also explore the overall impact of self-advocacy in all areas of your life, building a sense of confidence, resilience and control. Drawing on the authors extensive experience, this book will help you to successfully prioritize your needs and rights, challenge what is unfair or unjust and make your voice heard.
So…track this book down and self-advocate:)