On 2nd April, to a packed audience this groundbreaking new book was launched in London. The pages of the book came to life with workshops from each of the contributors, gathered together in the photograph below.
Sheila, the Baroness Hollins, welcomed the book, saying it held promise and opportunity for so many girls and their families.
Girls from Limpsfield Grange School spoke of their experiences of the education system.
The Hollyoaks actress, Talia Grant, and Drama and Art student Grace Dolan , both talked openly of their struggles with mental health, and the lack of acknowledgement of their female presentation of Autism. Both were accompanied to the stage by their Mothers, Carrie Grant ( Broadcaster and Vocal Coach), and Sophie Walker, (Co Founder of the Women’s Equality Party)
From London the book will travel over the coming months for Launch Events in Belfast, Oslo, Barcelona, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland , New Zealand, New York and Dubai.
You can purchase the book via Routledge, the publishers website.
Girls and Autism
Education, Family and Personal Perspectives
Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé and Jo Egerton
Hear the lively interview on Carrie and David Grant, BBC Radio London Breakfast interview on Saturday 16th March, 2019 (Interview slot commences 43 mins, 18 seconds in). They discuss the issue of lack of an Autism diagnosis in Girls, with book co -.editor , Professor Francesca Happe, and contributor, Sarah- Jane Critchley.
Today the newly published book – Girls and Autism: Education, Family and Personal Perspectives (Routledge) has been launched to the Press. Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happe and Jo Egerton, the book has already been well received by the professional press:-
“What stands out most from this new, highly informative and skilfully edited collection are the lived experiences of the contributors; presented as honest and open accounts by girls, young and adult women describing the way autism affects their relationships with the world around them… For any social worker with an interest in the life course development of girls to adolescents to young adults this book will provide a heartfelt and highly informative insight into the lives of vulnerable and often marginalised females.”
— Mark Goodman, British Journal of Social Work
“This book is essentially very positive despite the unflinching descriptions of the complexities of life and school and the barriers that exist for girls with autism. It maintains a focus on what is possible and what is achievable even with the current reality for the majority of poorly coordinated support and insufficient services. It is a highly recommended read both for parents and for professionals working in or with schools, colleges, career services, as well as the health and social care sectors.”
— Dr Rob Ashdown, Editor, PMLD Link
This has been echoed in this lived experience interview with Talia Grant , a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome , in “ The Independent “ today .