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Bittersweet on the Autism Spectrum

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In this rich and diverse collection, 28 writers describe what positive experiences they have had as an autistic person, and show how the most unexpected subject areas can be a source of the positive. They demonstrate that individuals can, and do, experience life in positive ways, sometimes in the face of adversity. Sharing both dark and joyful moments with unreserved honesty, their insights are moving, often hilarious, creative, and highly intelligent, and usually surprising. From hair-raising travelling experiences to parenting with verve, volunteering to teaching, running a marathon to taking on a PhD, they show that autism need not limit life. Introduced by Luke Beardon and Dean Worton, their stories challenge stereotypes surrounding autism, empower, and entertain.
  • Published: Jan 19 2017
  • Pages: 272
  • 215 x 167mm
  • ISBN: 9781785922077
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Press Reviews

  • Sarah Hendrickx, autistic adult, Autism Specialist and author

    Autism in the words of autistic people. Alongside fascinating individual tales of personal triumphs, this collection of insights and tales shows the amazing reflection, articulation and self-awareness of these autistic authors. This book is surely a must for parents of autistic children to let them see into the future and inspire them to know what their children have the capacity to become.
  • E. Veronica (Vicky) Bliss, Clinical Psychologist

    In a world where ASD is officially classified as a 'disorder', this book contains wonderful and uplifting accounts of how autism can be a blessing. The enthusiasm and strength of the contributors shines through in each revealing chapter. A must read for everyone newly diagnosed with the condition and for clinicians who insist on representing autism as a deficit-based condition.