I'm co-founder of an organisation called Inclusive Minds that works with the book industry to ensure authentic representation of a diverse range of people in children's books.
We're working with one of the big publishers to develop a book for 8–13 year-olds around neurodiversity.
This groundbreaking book will be a compilation of personal ‘stories’ (these might be essays, or other written contributions) from neurodivergent young people on the growing-up experiences that helped shape them. We're seeking contributors aged 16–30 with contributions focused on experiences aged 8–13.
Younger contributors or those who want to write something in collaboration with someone will also be considered.
As I'm sure you're aware, often, people who are in any way considered ‘different’ get the message that they have to do something amazing to prove themselves or do incredible things to be successful or ‘overcome’ their difference. But we know that some of the greatest stories come from those simply living ordinary lives.
We are seeking contributions from neurodivergent young people around the world for this collection of essays. Contributors should be aged 16–30 with contributions focused on experiences aged 8–13. Younger contributors or those who want to write something in collaboration with someone will also be considered. Whilst it’s expected that most of the contributions will be written in the first-person, alternative formats are welcomed, such as poetry or Q&A style interviews. Final contributions can also be submitted in an audio format for transcription if a long, written form would be challenging.
You can find further info and download full information and the submissions form on our website. http://www.inclusiveminds.com/neurodiversity-project