Paul Hollingdale, Senior Lecturer, Division of Social Care and Counselling, University of Huddersfield
It has been a pleasure and privilege to read this textbook. A privilege because it is very evident that this is a subject in which Yo feels passionate and extraordinarily knowledgeable and insightful. A text that, in my view as an educator in social work, more than fills a gap. In my experience, Yo is right to say that social work and working with autistic people is an area that is at best only briefly discussed in pre-qualifying social work. The structure and content of the book are easy to follow and provides a range of very powerful stages, observations, legal literacy and case studies, for all of us who are continuously wishing to improve and develop our social work practice to pause and critically reflect, not just on our individual practice but how and in what way organisations and society at large work with autistic people. I commend this book to all social workers, be they students, child & family, adult or in education, and I will certainly be drawing upon the content to support my teaching and learning responsibilities.
Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers and Visiting Lecturer, King’s College London
This book is wise, thoughtful, and above all practical. Whilst its primary audience may well indeed be social workers, it should equally be compulsory reading for lawyers, who experience has taught require all the help that they can get responding to the needs of persons with autism.
Kabie Brook, Autistic activist, co-founder of Autism Rights Group Highland, and National Autistic Taskforce Board Member
This book is written in an accessible and engaging way by an author who really knows her stuff, from the practical application of the law to the deep understanding of what it's really like to be an autistic person living in the world today. This is not like other texts on autism; it gives an insight that is rarely seen, I recommend that everyone with an interest in autism reads this book.