Attendees will end the session with a clear understanding of why authentic, wellresearched, and sensitive representation of neurodivergent and disabled haracters is more important than simply recommending or stocking shelves with books and characters labelled as diverse. They will leave with the knowledge and tools to be able to recognize insensitive and inaccurate portrayals of autistic characters as well as look for coding and tropes which continue harmful stereotyping. A starter list of recommended books and resources for further study will be provided for attendees to take away.
Kate Foster is a children's author writing about friends, family, and dogs. Her middle grade work is published in Australia and the UK and will be heading to the US soon. Originally from a small town in the southeast of England, she now lives on the stunning Gold Coast in Australia with her family and second-hand dogs. She is passionate about encouraging and teaching a wider understanding of autism and mental illness via a positive approach and representation, both in her books as well as her presentations and talks.
AITSL Teaching Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.5, 3.4, 6.2
PLEASE NOTE: This counts as Teacher Identified professional learning with NESA and TQI and is NOT accredited.
Target audience: All school library staff.