Dr Shalini Vohra is hosting this event that is sponsored by the ESRC Social Sciences Festival and Sheffield Hallam University
You can find out location information and book onto the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-autism-is-portrayed-in-childrens-fiction-tickets-35915840245
The event will feature a panel consisting of Vicky Martin, author of ‘M is for autism’ and ‘M in the Middle’; Amanda Lillywhite author and illustrator of ‘Friends’, created for the Neuro Foundation; as well as Elaine Bousfield from ZunTold, a publishing house that aims to create a space for young people’s writing. This event is an attempt to openly talk about how autism is portrayed in children’s fiction and what impact this has on the lives of children and young people who identify as autistic as well as their family members. The event is aimed at young people and their participation will be critical to generating the discussion, however parents and professionals with an interest in the area are welcome to attend. Fiction plays a very significant role in shaping how we understand and respond to autism. Books are instrumental in creating awareness and acceptance amongst children and young people, therefore the way autism is portrayed in books demands consideration and recognition. This event is perhaps the first of its kind where authors, publishers and academics will explore together with the participating audience how autism is portrayed in children’s fiction.