The new book has already received many endorsements. Among them, the following:
"Rebecca Wood brings together stories from the autistic teacher community that will impact conventional autism narratives and cultures of schools. This book challenges lazy or harmful stereotypes about autism, but from the 'inside-out', and invites the reader to experience perspectives that are rarely explored, and yet vital to cultural learning and change. It is a landmark publication in recognising the strengths associated with autism in the teaching profession, and mitigating the challenges faced by autistic teachers."
Richard Mills, AT-Autism, The John and Lorna Wing Foundation, University of Bath
As well as the co-editors, the book also has contributions from autistic experts, including consultant, speaker and advocate Kieran Rose and published authors Elkie Kammer and Andrew Miller.
The book launch, organised by Katie Ketcher and Silhouette Bushay of Educom, will take place on 27 April in the School of Education and Communities, from 4-6 pm.
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Dr Wood will speak alongside EdD student, writer and teacher Eiman Munro, advocate and writer Pete Wharmby and musician and Madge Woollard.
Like all of the other chapter authors, Eiman, Madge and Pete are autistic teachers. Eiman will discuss her experiences of teacher training as a Muslim, Madge will discuss issues faced by autistic peripatetic music teachers, and Pete will describe the particular aptitudes of autistic teachers, as well as what colleagues should understand if they want to be supportive. The event will be introduced by Dr Paulet Brown-Wilsher of Educom.
On 7 April, Rebecca will present on her research into autistic teachers at the Centre for Research in Autism Education webinar series at University College London.
You can also read about the project and the book in an interview with Rebecca in Share magazine, run by Scottish Autism.