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Day 27: Congratulations! It’s Asperger’s Syndrome

Posted on April 27, 2014 in Autism

A woman diagnosed in adulthood, Jen Birch shares stories of her life with humor and candor, taking us through the years of struggles that ended with her diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Her search for “normal” in her early years is predictably painful, but Congratulations! It’s Asperger’s Syndrome really focuses mostly on a positive message. Birch uses her autobiography to not only provide some understanding of what Asperger’s syndrome may feel like and look like for some people, but to …

Day 26: Making Sense of the Unfeasible: My Life Journey with Asperger Syndrome

Posted on April 26, 2014 in Autism

Making Sense of the Unfeasible is the book for readers who love to learn a little something about math and science as they also make some discoveries about autism. Marc Fleisher is not only a man with an interesting story about life on the spectrum, but a passionate person who cares deeply about astronomy, parallel universes, large numbers and more.

Before he received his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the 1970s, professionals diagnosed Marc Fleisher with an intellectual disability. He is one of many authors profiled this month who were misdiagnosed …

Day 25: Soon Will Come the Light: A View from Inside the Autism Puzzle

Posted on April 25, 2014 in Autism

In my opinion, any review of autism autobiographies has to include the classics. Today, there are many new autobiographies on the market each year, but back in the 1980s and 1990s, these published stories were rare. Therefore, there are a few books that I consider important to the field because they gave us one of the first glimpses into autism; Soon Will Come the Light is one of those accounts. Published in 1994, Thomas McKean’s story takes us from childhood to life in a hospital to adulthood and finally to McKean’s “working truce” with the “normal world”.

The book is broken into three parts (as I see it). It begins with McKean’s life story and details his experience in a …

Day 24: The Reason I Jump

Posted on April 24, 2014 in Autism

The latest book to take the field by storm is Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump. The author was born in 1992 and was still in junior high school when the book was originally published in Japan. Therefore, this autobiography is another that will give you a young person’s point of view and a glimpse into the mind of a child who is trying to make sense of the world around him at the same time he is trying to figure out life on the spectrum. This is a poignant read and one that brought me to tears many times.

Look no further than the nearly 1,000 …

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

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Autism

I 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 …

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