Below are the books I have Authored myself or contributed to!
Books I have Authored:
Unusual Medicine: Essays on Autistic identity and addiction
In this essay anthology, David explores his experience as an Autistic drug addict, and his journey into recovery. Not shying away from the darker aspects of his story, he shines a light into the corners of the Autistic community that are often forgotten about.
This anthology is meant to be accessible to anyone with a vested interest in addiction amongst Autistic people, and amongst fact, and anecdotes, also contains suggestions on how people and services can better support this far too often forgotten demographic of people.
The New Normal: Autistic musings on the threat of a broken society
In this anthology, David Gray-Hammond has reworked and added to essays from his popular “Emergent Divergence” blog. The theme of the essays is that of neuronormativity in society, and the effect it is having on Autistic and otherwise Neurodivergent people. In this anthology, he challenges the idea of what normal is by calling out the status quo for the violence it inflicts on a marginalised Neurodivergent community.
Existence is a short poetry collection in which David Gray-Hammond captures the pain of existing in a world that, by design, oppresses us. This collection spans several years of recovery from addiction and psychosis in David’s life, and narrates the struggle he has found in a society that not only doesn’t care, but at times overtly causes harm. He punctuates this with the juxtaposition of the places in the world where he has found joy and happiness. Existence is meant to inspire introspection, and highlight the need for not only better individuals, but a better society as a whole.
A Treatise on Chaos: Embracing the Chaotic Self and the art of neuroqueering
In this short book, David Gray-Hammond explores his experiences with psychedelics, meditation, and psychosis. He considers how these were transformative experiences for him and how they inform his neuroqueer lifestyle. This book does not aim to be a compendium of answers to every question, but instead to ask people to consider the nature of their own subjective reality.
The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy
The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy takes an in-depth look at the key elements of effective, respectful, inclusive advocacy and allyship. Every topic was chosen, shaped, and informed by #ActuallyAutistic perspectives.
The step-by-step guide discusses various aspects of how autism is perceived, explores how best to speak up for individual needs, and introduces advocacy for the wider autistic community. Each step outlines one vital aspect of advocacy and allyship, such as emphasizing acceptance, avoiding assumptions and assuming competence. The advice and strategies laid out in this guide center the wisdom and experiences of Autistic people and enable the reader to confidently speak up with insight and understanding.