The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy

The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy

Step-by-Step Advice on How to Ally and Speak Up with Autistic People and the Autism Community

Dr. Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton, Jenna Gensic


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The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy takes an in-depth look at the key elements of effective, respectful, inclusive advocacy and allyship. Every topic was chosen, shaped, and informed by #ActuallyAutistic perspectives.

The step-by-step guide discusses various aspects of how autism is perceived, explores how best to speak up for individual needs, and introduces advocacy for the wider autistic community. Each step outlines one vital aspect of advocacy and allyship, such as emphasizing acceptance, avoiding assumptions and assuming competence. The advice and strategies laid out in this guide center the wisdom and experiences of Autistic people and enable the reader to confidently speak up with insight and understanding.

This is the eBook edition, you will be able to access this eBook online via your browser or download it to the accompanying Jessica Kingsley Publishers app.


Dr. Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton:
Dr. Jennifer Elizabeth Brunton is a neurodivergent academic turned freelance writer and editor. She has extensive writing and editing experience with a variety of diverse publications. She also runs the neurodiverse parenting and advocacy blog, Full Spectrum Mama.

Jenna Gensic is a freelance writer and disability advocate. Jenna is the author of What Your Child on the Spectrum Really Needs: Advice From 12 Autistic Adults, and she manages the Learn from Autistics website and regularly engages with the autistic community and shares autistic expertise. She has an autistic brother and son and writes and speaks about parenting issues related to prematurity, cerebral palsy, and autism.