In a break from normal posting routine – I wanted to post about an opportunity for autistic people/people with autism who are also LGBT to contribute to a new book by Dean Worton, Luke Beardon and Kleio Cossburn. Before going further the link to all the information is at:
The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2018.
So why is this book so important? Well two reasons really – the first is that Dean and Luke (as well as writing books individually and with other people) are putting together a series of books which accesses the different views of different autistic people. They have two out already:
There is a powerful impact in accessing multiple, diverse views on a different topic and that in and of itself is important.
For the next two books in their planned series – this LGBT book and a book about autistic parents (deadline passed for that one) – there is particular importance because they are topics which are still very rarely discussed in media. There are certain differences, perhaps unique challenges that come with being on the spectrum and also being a parent or also identifying as LGBT (or both), yet almost no books which even touch on these subjects.
That’s why they are such important books so, even if you can’t submit something, keep a watch for their forthcoming release. Encouraging the publication of books like these is vital.
And finally – for those interested in the three editors/co-authors of this series and shamefully taken from Dean’s WordPress page:
Luke Beardon is a senior lecturer in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. He has co-written and co-edited several books and for many years has spoken at conferences throughout the UK and provided support to Autistic individuals for many years.
Dean Worton has Asperger Syndrome. He works as a highways training administrator in the public sector and runs a UK-based online social support group for adults with AS/Autism. He co-written and co-edited several books in the field of Asperger Self-Help.
Kleio Cossburn is a former police officer. She has a Bachelor of Science degree, and a post graduate certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and a post graduate certificate in Criminology. She is currently developing her research skills prior to undertaking doctoral studies.