Remember that children's book I was writing? Well, "I Have Autism, I Am Awesome" has found a publisher, I have a contract, and illustrations are in the works! Completion is still a long way off, but I'll keep you posted.
It's a small publishing house - more like a publishing kitchen table - so I will be responsible for much of the promotional work. In preparation for this, I have started compiling a list of autism-related organizations and publications I will want to contact down the line. There are a lot of them - local, national, international. This could easily become a never-ending research project.
The autism community tends to split into two broad factions: the neurodiversity camp, and the cure autism contingent. As you know by now, I believe that autism is a distinctive way of being - not a disease - and that individuals on the spectrum should be proud of their special abilities; my book kind of reads like a neurodiversity primer.
But if I want to sell my book and my agenda, I'm going to have to talk to the families on the other side of the aisle as well. Entertaining the thought of chatting up the cure community is only a little less frightening to me than the thought of being trapped in a room with Christine O'Donnell. I want them to read my book to their children. Perhaps it will help their kids feel proud of who they are, and not ashamed of being "diseased."
Any suggestions of organizations I should talk to when it comes time to promote this thing?