Bunya Resident recognised at Government House

Kathy Hopman with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

Bunya Down’s resident, Kathy Hoopmann, has received an Autism Queensland Creative Futures Individual Achievement Award for services rendered to the Autism community.  This was presented at Government House by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

The award was in recognition of the many books that she has written on autism and Asperger Syndrome over a period of 17 years.  Her most popular books All Cats have Asperger Syndrome, All Dogs Have ADHD and the Asperger Adventure Series are international bestsellers.  Over the years, she has won and been shortlisted for many awardsincluding a CBCA Award and two Nautilus Awards for books that change lives.  Her handbook on empowering teachers to work with ASD students in the classroom won a Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Awards (US).  Her most recent work, All Birds Have Anxiety, won a silver medal in the Living Now Book Awards (US)

Kathy’s books are written to demystify Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs so that those who are diagnosed feel understood, valued and worthy.  Her photo books, particularly are designed so that the reader can come away after a quick  ten minute read with a better understanding of both the positive and negatives of various disabilities, a smile on their face and hope in their hearts.

Her books sell widely around the world and are translated into thirteen languages.  You can learn more about Kathy on www.kathyhoopmann.com.

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