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Day 23: Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Autism

Atypical coverI hope we hear more from Jesse Saperstein in the future as I found his autobiography, Atypical, both an interesting and entertaining read. He covers a range of topics in this book including bullying, family issues, getting through school, dating, a love of the postal system, and even finding a life’s purpose.

Jesse’s trials and tribulations of navigating social situations are a focus of this book, but the story isn’t all about challenges. Much of Jesse’s story, in fact, is about using his gifts and talents to grow, learn, and connect with others. We learn about many of Jesse’s fascinations and accomplishments related to them (e.g., hiking the Appalachian Trail, raising money for charity). I really appreciated Jesse’s description of his passion for helping those with AIDS. He shares his own personal journey from ignorance to awareness and from apathy to total engagement. Jesse not only becomes friends with many folks with AIDS but ends up serving as an advocate and fundraiser for the cause—very inspiring.

** Idea for using this book: Use Atypical to help any young person connect with a life’s purpose. Jesse’s adventures and accomplishments can be used to help any young person set their own goals.

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