Erin Yilmaz
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best books by autistic authors - best books written by autistic authors

 This list, "9 of the Best Books Written by Autistic Authors", is made up of  some of the best books written by autistic individuals.  These are books that provide insight into the autistic mind, and have advice on successful living for those on the autism spectrum.  If you like this list, you might like our Living With Autism collection.

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Dr. Temple Grandin, a scientist, and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is an autism advocate and her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. This compelling biography and Temple's personal photos take us inside her extraordinary mind and open the door to a broader understanding of autism.

Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed

Part memoir, part inspirational guide, Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed is a groundbreaking book that offers readers the ability to see life through the eyes of a young man with autism. Written by Tyler McNamer at the age of 17, Tyler not only details his challenges, but he also offers hope and encouragement to others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. 

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Asperger Syndrome

This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have autism. Get a unique perspective on ASD across the years! 

Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living with Autism

Filled with important tips and lessons learned, this book guides the reader through every challenge and solution found along the way.  Expect A Miracle will be cherished by anyone who is on the autism spectrum, their family and friends, as well as anyone who feels alone, misunderstood, or is looking for the courage to live a life of their own making. 

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Women on the Spectrum

This book is a unique handbook on life for autistic women, written by autistic women. It is structured in a helpful question and answer format that covers a large variety of topics asked by autistic women on all walks of life. With over 120 questions and using this practical format, readers can dip in and out, getting the information and answers they need, when they need it without having to read an entire chapter.

Learning the Hidden Curriculum The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult

Drawing from her personal experiences, Judy Endow provides a myriad of hidden curriculum items that pertain to most areas of adult life. In relating to how she personally has learned to successfully maneuver social interactions, she also presents a framework for developing the ability to quickly asses a situation and take steps to avoid making social blunders BEFORE they have been committed.

Life and Love Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults

Written by an adult on the spectrum for adults on the spectrum and those involved - parents, spouses, friends - Life and Love Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults is divided into two sections: life and love. In the life section, the author describes and suggests concrete ways to deal with some of the issues and problems faced by those on the autism spectrum. Examples include how to accommodate sensory issues, maintain a home, and manage a career. In the love section, instead of focusing on one topic, the author includes a broad spectrum of suggestions for different types of relationships and weaves these together with the core concept of self-esteem. 

Dear Diana... Diana’s Guide to Independent Living

 After graduating from high school, the author, Diana Bilezikian, attended Chapel Haven, a program for young adults with special needs and learning differences. This practical resource, Dear Diana... Diana’s Guide to Independent Living is an outgrowth of a series of emails she sent to relatives and friends about her life and the skills she was learning.


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