If you are looking for great books, Kindle eBooks and Audible audiobooks written by autistic authors, look no further!
This list includes some of the best books out there, and we highly recommend that you check them out.
Whether you are autistic yourself or just interested in learning more about autism, these books will provide plenty of insight and entertainment.
So without further ado, here are our top 26 picks for autistic authors!
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
by Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 44 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.
Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms.
Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions.
The Autistic Brain brings Grandin’s singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution.
Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed
by Tyler McNamer
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.
Whether you are an educator, a family member of someone with autism, or simply looking for inspiration, you'll appreciate the opportunity to step inside this remarkable young man's mind.
As Tyler explains, "I've been called a retard, dumb, and disabled. I've been bullied, picked on, and made fun of. They put me in special classes and told me that I should not expect to reach my goals."
Yet rather than view his diagnosis negatively, Tyler considers his unique viewpoint a gift.
It is with this perspective that he wrote Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. In this memorable book, Tyler details his experiences with bullying, isolation, and others' low expectations of him.
But rather than allowing himself to be limited by his autism diagnosis, this courageous and insightful young man rose above his challenges to encourage others to follow their dreams and become leaders in their own lives.
The result is this book, an autobiographical recounting of Tyler's journey with diverse essays containing his thoughts about leadership, courage, and adversity.
Wise beyond his years, Tyler concludes that despite our differences, we can become a population of one, uniting to serve others.
If you want to be uplifted or understand someone with autism better you must read Population of One. This inspirational and engaging book will transform the way you view the world.
Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity
by Dr. Devon Price
A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves while broadening society’s narrow understanding of neurodiversity
“A remarkable work that will stand at the forefront of the neurodiversity movement.”—Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless “masked” Autistic people who pass as neurotypical.
Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health.
This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren’t seen as needy or “odd.”
In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in.
For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty.
Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain.
Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are.
They are also more likely to be marginalized in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, which contributes to their suffering and invisibility.
Dr. Price lays the groundwork for unmasking and offers exercises that encourage self-expression, including:
In embracing neurodiversity, we can all reap the rewards of nonconformity and learn to live authentically, Autistic and neurotypical people alike.
Will You Be My Friend: Based On A True Story Through The Eyes And Ears Of Autism
by Grant Harrison
Hello, my name is Grant Harrison and I have high-functioning Autism called Asperger's.
I am so excited to have this opportunity to share my children's book "Will You Be My Friend" based on a true story through the eyes and ears of Autism with so many people.
If you're looking for a fun inspirational true story about a boy who feels that he doesn't fit in with other kids in school until he is teamed up with a new student for the school talent show. She shows him that he's not so different from many other kids in his school, and it's okay to be you.
This is based on an actual event that happened in my life and by sharing this story I hope that I can inspire other kids to step out of their comfort zones the same way I have.
I don't look at having Autism as a disability but as more of a challenge. It makes me work harder to move those mountains that so many times block the path to where I want to go.
Autistics on Autism: Stories You Need to Hear About What Helped Them While Growing Up and Pursuing Their Dreams
by Kerry Magro
What happens to autistic children when they become autistic adults?
While the popular image of autism is with children, Autistics on Autism, a tell-all compiled of 100 adult autistic voices, will help you understand autism from the point of view of the next generation of leaders within our autism community.
Autistics on Autism will share with you topics about autism: receiving the diagnosis, early intervention, overcoming obstacles, disclosure, acceptance, and what helped them succeed both in K-12 and college with a learning disability.
The book's editor, Dr. Kerry Magro Ed., is an award-winning professional speaker, author, autism entertainment consultant and autistic self-advocate. Dr. Magro shares his journey from a non speaking child to getting accepted and succeeding in college and now as a professional speaker. Dr. Magro is also the founder of KFM Making a Difference.
This nonprofit organization's mission is to provide autistic individuals on the spectrum and their families support and encouragement by increasing awareness of disabled persons' abilities, encouraged through scholarships, training, and education at all levels, and finding affordable housing for them in a safe and supported environment.
More than 100 autistic students have received partial college scholarships. Many of the stories you read from this book are from the nonprofit's Making a Difference a Difference for Autism Scholarship applicants.
When you purchase this book, all proceeds will go back to this nonprofit to hopefully fund initiatives like this scholarship program for years to come.
We invite you to enjoy their stories.
Older Autistic Adults: In Their Own Words: The Lost Generation
by Wilma Wake, Eric Endlich, and Robert Lagos
There is a lost generation of autistic adults- those who were born before support groups, school-based interventions, and even the autism diagnosis. Through original research, the authors aim to shed light on the lives and experiences with a survey given to 150 older autistic adults worldwide.
The insight we've gleaned from their stories is important and fascinating. Combined with a brief history of autism, an overview of The Nine Degrees of Autism by Wylie, Lawson, & Beardon, in relation to older autistic adults, and personal stories from the survey's participants, this book is a must-read!
Their stories offer important insights that can help shape a better future for all autistic individuals.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida
“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The Wall Street Journal • Bloomberg Business • Bookish
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.
Praise for The Reason I Jump
“This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind.”—Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)
“Amazing times a million.”—Whoopi Goldberg, People
“The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone. . . . This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.”—Andrew Solomon, The Times (U.K.)
“Extraordinary, moving, and jeweled with epiphanies.”—The Boston Globe
“Small but profound . . . [Higashida’s] startling, moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.”—Parade
- https://amzn.to/3K177lR - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3K177lR - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3v0XBLd - Audible
Connecting With The Autism Spectrum: How To Talk, How To Listen, And Why You Shouldn’t Call It High-Functioning
by Casey "Remrov" Vormer
The complete guide to connecting with adults on the autism spectrum
For a friend, family member, or coworker with autism, communication can be challenging. But Connecting with the Autism Spectrum can help you find common ground with expert tips and helpful insights about talking (and listening) to neurodiverse adults so you can make your interactions more transparent, meaningful, and rewarding for all.
Written by Casey Vormer, a self-taught artist and autism advocate, this comprehensive guide is a trusted source for understanding neurodiversity that features a brief introduction to the autism spectrum. It also provides easy communication strategies like active listening and positive encouragement as well as steps to avoid misunderstandings by teaching how to recognize biases and correct them. Additionally, you’ll learn why the term “high functioning autism” is a misnomer to define members of this vibrant community.
“It’s important to look at every autistic person individually and recognize their obstacles―but more importantly, we should acknowledge their skills and avoid labeling them with ‘high functioning autism’ or ‘low functioning autism’ altogether,” Vormer says.
Unlike other autism books, Connecting with the Autism Spectrum delivers:
An easy approach―Discover the best ways to communicate with those living with autism.
Situational success―Find the right information for various situations and settings, including school, work, and social relationships.
A sensitive tone―Get valuable information from a clear, honest point of view that does not seek to “cure” or manipulate people.
Learn how to communicate better with those on the autism spectrum with this informative book.
- https://amzn.to/3890W1G - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3L5D7Xf - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3MhSSdV - Audible
The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome
by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone -- but it's especially tough for Asperkids.
I know. I was one, I taught a whole bunch, and I am going to be raising three!
That's also why I know that Asperkids deserve their very own guide to all of the hidden social rules that are awfully confusing to us, even if they seem obvious to everyone else.
"The Asperkids' (Secret) Rule Book of Social Rules." This isn't your momma's Emily Post, and there is no "don't do this" finger-wagging or patronizing "high and mighty preaching" here.
Instead, the "Secret" Book gives Asperkids (aged 10-17) respectful, funny insights written "for Aspies by an Aspie."
Chock full of illustrations, logic and even a practice session or six (in comic strip style, thank you very much!), this is the handbook every adult Aspie wishes we'd had growing up, but never did.
The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide
by Siena Castellon
"Never be ashamed of being different: it is this difference that makes you extraordinary and unique."
This essential go-to guide gives you all the advice and tools you'll need to help you flourish and achieve what you want in life.
From the answers to everyday questions such as 'Am I using appropriate body language?' and 'Did I say the wrong thing?', through to discussing the importance of understanding your emotions, looking after your physical and mental health and coping with anxiety and sensory overloads, award-winning neurodiversity campaigner Siena Castellon uses her own experiences to provide you with the skills to overcome any challenge.
With practical tips on friendships, dating, body image, consent and appearance, as well as how to survive school and bullying, The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide gives you the power to embrace who you are, reminding you that even during the toughest of teen moments, you are never alone.
- https://amzn.to/3OxDE6i - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3OzcAUj - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3Mn0z2l - Audible
The Spectrum Girls Survival Toolkit
by Siena Castellon
A companion to the bestseller The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide, this essential toolkit workbook for teen autistic girls gives you the coping strategies needed to overcome the challenges that may be holding you back.
Using clinically proven techniques like mindfulness, acceptance, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), autistic teenager Siena Castellon shares her experiences, strategies, and tools to help you thrive at home, at school, and beyond.
This friendly workbook is filled with autism-focused practical advice and interactive exercises on managing social anxiety, sensory overloads, making and maintaining friendships, and much more.
In this fun and engaging 275-page, full-colour workbook, you'll find:
- More than 100 different exercises and activities – You'll learn how to succeed in school, reframe negative thoughts, safeguard your mental health, and practice self-care.
- How to tap into the power of your character strengths to become the best version of yourself – You'll be encouraged to take charge of your life by building your confidence, recognizing your many strengths, thinking more positively, and investing in your future and much more!
Throughout this relatable book, Siena shares her struggles and victories of being autistic to remind you that you are not alone and that you're awesome and autistic.
Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin
Updated for a new era, the 25th anniversary edition of this seminal work on autism and neurodiversity provides “a uniquely fascinating view” (Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand) of the differences in our brains.
Originally published in 1995 as an unprecedented look at autism, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person to give a report from “the country of autism.” Introducing a groundbreaking model which analyzes people based on their patterns of thought, Grandin “charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
For the new edition, Grandin has written a new afterword addressing recent developments in the study of autism, including new diagnostic criteria, advancements in genetic research, updated tips, insights into working with children and young people with autism, and more.
- https://amzn.to/3rL1SAy - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3xHRSf9 - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3MlIzWb - Audible
Navigating Autism: 9 Mindsets For Helping Kids on the Spectrum
by Temple Grandin, Ph.D., and Debra Moore, Ph.D.
Empowering strategies for anyone who works with children and teens on the spectrum.
International best-selling writer and autist Temple Grandin joins psychologist Debra Moore in presenting nine strengths-based mindsets necessary to successfully work with young people on the autism spectrum. Examples and stories bring the approaches to life, and detailed suggestions and checklists help readers put them to practical use.
Temple Grandin shares her own personal experiences and anecdotes from parents and professionals who have sought her advice, while Debra Moore draws on more than three decades of work as a psychologist with kids on the spectrum and those who love and care for them. So many people support the lives of these kids, and this book is for all of them: teachers; special education staff; mental health clinicians; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; parents; and anyone interacting with autistic children or teens.
Readers will come away with new, empowering mindsets they can apply to develop the full potential of every child.
- https://amzn.to/3L5yxbr - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3rJtENz - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3MqD2hh - Audible
The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed
by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
In The Autistic Brain, New York Times bestselling author Temple Grandin "has reached a stunning level of sophistication about herself and the science of autism" (The New York Review of Books).
Winner of a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction Book
Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.
Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms. Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions.
The Autistic Brain brings Grandin’s singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution.
- https://amzn.to/3Kicv4l - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3MmUTWh - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3LbnMV9 - Audible
Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy
This updated and expanded edition considers the continuing dismal employment statistics for individuals with ASD.
The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures.
The book explores many unnoticed aspects of vocational rehabilitation programs that provide job training and placement for people with disabilities, as well as Social Security Administration programs that offer vocational assistance.
Employment figures and prospects have been updated, and new jobs have been added that are well suited for those on the spectrum.
- https://amzn.to/38ZKGR4 - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3v4sRZU - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3v6IPTl - Audible
Practical Soultions for Stabilizing Students with Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go!
by Judy Endow
A functional behavior assessment is usually the starting place for students with high-functioning autism who have behaviors that do not serve them well.
However, an FBA conducted at this point with students with classic autism may yield variable results. Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students With Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go! is for students with a classic presentation of autism who struggle with regulation.
This book is unique because it places importance on first offering stabilization strategies that help students with classic autism have a better regulated body. This often enables students to increase their time in school, with most of them working up to full-day participation.
This simple-to-use book focuses on two major areas of stabilization found critical for students on the autism spectrum: sensory regulation and visual supports. With proper use of these strategies, the student with classic autism can get to GO! - that is, as long as they are regulated and supported.
Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.
Underestimated: An Autism Miracle (Children’s Health Defense)
by J.B. Handley and Jamison Handley
The incredibly moving and inspiring story about a quest to finally be heard.
In Underestimated: An Autism Miracle, Generation Rescue’s cofounder J.B. Handley and his teenage son Jamison tell the remarkable story of Jamison’s journey to find a method of communication that allowed him to show the world that he was a brilliant, wise, generous, and complex individual who had been misunderstood and underestimated by everyone in his life.
Jamison’s emergence at the age of seventeen from his self-described “prison of silence” took place over a profoundly emotional and dramatic twelve-month period that is retold from his father’s perspective. The book reads like a spy thriller while allowing the reader to share in the complex emotions of both exhilaration and anguish that accompany Jamison’s journey for him and his family. Once Jamison’s extraordinary story has been told, Jamison takes over the narrative to share the story from his perspective, allowing the world to hear from someone who many had dismissed and cast aside as incapable.
Jamison’s remarkable transformation challenges the conventional wisdom surrounding autism, a disability impacting 1 in 36 Americans. Many scientists still consider nonspeakers with autism—a full 40 percent of those on the autism spectrum—to be “mentally retarded.” Is it possible that the experts are wrong about several million people? Are all the nonspeakers like Jamison?
Underestimated: An Autism Miracle will touch your heart, inspire you, remind you of the power of love, and ultimately leave you asking tough questions about how many more Jamisons might be waiting for their chance to be freed from their prison of silence, too. And, for the millions of parents of children with autism, the book offers a detailed description of a communication method that may give millions of people with autism back their voice.
Women on the Spectrum: A Handbook for Life
by Emma Goodall and Yenn Purkis
Have you ever had someone tell you that your social skills aren't very good? What do they mean?
Do you need practical tips for applying for jobs and attending interviews?
Are you moving from home for the first time? What do you need to know to best equip yourself?
This book is a unique handbook on life for autistic women, written by autistic women. Its primary purpose is to enable girls and women on the autism spectrum to learn from the authors' and others' mistakes most effectively!
This book 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 are able to dip in and out, getting the information and answers they need, when they need it without having to read an entire chapter.
- https://amzn.to/3v2vlYB - Paperback
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity
by Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network
A diverse collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, and make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.
Most resources available for parents come from psychologists, educators, and doctors, offering parents a narrow and technical approach to autism. Sincerely, Your Autistic Child represents an authentic resource for parents written by autistic people themselves.
From childhood and education to culture, gender identity, and sexuality, this anthology tackles the everyday joys and challenges of growing up while honestly addressing the emotional needs, sensitivity, and vibrancy of autistic kids, youth, and young adults. Contributors reflect on what they have learned while growing up on the autism spectrum and how parents can avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges while raising their child.
Part memoir, part guide, and part love letter, Sincerely, Your Autistic Child is an indispensable collection that invites parents and allies into the unique and often unheard experiences of autistic children and teens.
- https://amzn.to/3ECYmNN - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3xL8SB3 - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3xL8SB3 - Audible
Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir and Wall Street Journal bestseller, reveals the woman inside one of autism’s most prominent figures, Jennifer O'Toole. At the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense.
Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but--more importantly--as a thoroughly modern woman.
Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It’s a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer's shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos).
Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream.
From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren't mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.
- https://amzn.to/38by9JQ - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3k2sMj2 - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3vDsswj - Audible
Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age
by Sarah Hendrickx
The difference that being female makes to the diagnosis, life and experiences of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has largely gone unresearched and unreported until recently.
In this book Sarah Hendrickx has collected both academic research and personal stories about girls and women on the autism spectrum to present a picture of their feelings, thoughts and experiences at each stage of their lives.
Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the book looks at how females with ASD experience diagnosis, childhood, education, adolescence, friendships, sexuality, employment, pregnancy and parenting, and aging.
It will provide invaluable guidance for the professionals who support these girls and women and it will offer women with autism a guiding light in interpreting and understanding their own life experiences through the experiences of others.
- https://amzn.to/3vxYDNL - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3vxYDNL - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3v2I7pY - Audible
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
by John Elder Robison
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.” —from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs
Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.”
It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world.
A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.
- https://amzn.to/37AYYY8 - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3L6TsLb - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3EGmy1z - Audible
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
by Rudy Simone
*Gold Medal Winner in the Sexuality / Relationships Category of the 2011 IPPY Awards*
* Honorary Mention in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Women's Issues Category *
Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is often not readily available.
The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness.
This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage.
Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice.
As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.
This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosed with AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It will also be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, and anybody interested either professionally or academically in Asperger's Syndrome.
- https://amzn.to/3MkIdPG - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3vCpBUx - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3v7LmwD - Audible
Odd Girl Out: My Extraordinary Autistic Life
by Laura James
A sensory portrait of an autistic mind
From childhood, Laura James knew she was different. She struggled to cope in a world that often made no sense to her, as though her brain had its own operating system. It wasn't until she reached her forties that she found out why: Suddenly and surprisingly, she was diagnosed with autism.
With a touching and searing honesty, Laura challenges everything we think we know about what it means to be autistic. Married with four children and a successful journalist, Laura examines the ways in which autism has shaped her career, her approach to motherhood, and her closest relationships.
Laura's upbeat, witty writing offers new insight into the day-to-day struggles of living with autism, as her extreme attention to sensory detail -- a common aspect of her autism -- is fascinating to observe through her eyes.
As Laura grapples with defining her own identity, she also looks at the unique benefits neurodiversity can bring. Lyrical and lush, Odd Girl Out shows how being different doesn't mean being less, and proves that it is never too late for any of us to find our rightful place in the world.
- https://amzn.to/3v2QRMW - Paperback
- https://amzn.to/3EEwMj1 - Kindle
- https://amzn.to/3EEwMj1 - Audible
Here's What I Want You To Know 2
by Simone Greggs and Jeremiah Josey
Named one of the top 14 autism influencers on social media by The Mighty Community.
Foreword by Tommy Hilfiger
Jeremiah Josey, at age 22, is already a baker, model, author, and motivational speaker. From cooking on the Steve Harvey Show to walking the runway at New York Fashion week to modeling for Tommy Hilfiger and Kohl's adaptive lines, Jeremiah Josey is quickly becoming the face of autistic young adulthood.
In his new book Here's What I Want You to Know 2, Jeremiah opens up about his experiences as a black man with autism. Jeremiah writes that he is afraid that he might not understand police commands and recounts his own racial awakening. Jeremiah knows it is crucial to fight for what you believe in, and resiliency and advocacy are your power.
Jeremiah is an inspiration to anyone who meets him. His story shows that no matter what challenges you face in life, anything is possible if you have the courage to pursue your dreams.
If you're looking for someone to help you see the world in a new and inspiring way, Jeremiah Josey is your guy. Check out his book, Here's What I Want You to Know 2, and follow him on social media to see what he's up to next!
Jeremiah has cooked alongside Christina Tosi on Steve Harvey's show, Steve, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, appeared in print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Kohl's adaptive lines, been named one of the top 14 autism influencers on social media by The Mighty Community, and was recently named the 2020 Flutie Fellow sponsored by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
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