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Reads for Autism Acceptance Month 2024


Reads for Autism Acceptance Month 2024

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. The autism experience is different for everyone. It is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is often referred to as a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.  About 1 in 36 children has been identified with ASD according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.  

April used to be known as Autism Awareness Month. But in 2021, the designation changed to Autism Acceptance Month. Christopher Banks, president and CEO of The Autism Society of America says this about the change in terminology– “Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism. Acceptance is when you include (a person with autism) in your activities. Help (them) to develop in that community and get that sense of connection to other people.” 

Here are some recently published nonfiction books available in the Livingston Library collection  to help you become more informed on this challenging condition.

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Autism & Education : The Way I See It : What Parents and Teachers Need to Know by Temple Grandin

Here is a concise handbook that illustrates what Temple has found to work in the field of education. Topics include: The importance of early intervention, teaching for different types of thinking, developing talent, motivating students, keeping high expectations, and much more! In these helpful pages, Dr. Grandin offers do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her insider perspective and extensive research. Interestingly, she argues that education for kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions to the world.

Autism FAQ : Everything You Wanted to Know About Autistic Life by Joe Biel

This guide to life on the autism spectrum is a must-read for autistic adults, their friends, coworkers, partners, and parents-and for anyone who wants to understand the experiences of many people they meet every day. Biel, who was diagnosed as an adult, writes about what it’s like to be autistic, joined by the bestselling Dr. Harper who speaks from her experience as a parent, friend, and therapist to autistic people. Their real talk and accessible language discusses a wide range of topics, including the diagnostic criteria for autism and how they play out in practice, what it means for autism to be a disability, and co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety. 

Autism : Parent to Parent : Sanity-Saving Advice for Every Parent With a Child on the Autism Spectrum by Shannon Penrod

Your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are feeling overwhelmed and alone. Suddenly you need to become an expert in treatment, diet, language development, social skills, special education law, insurance and a million other things! What you’d really like to know is how to deal with Aunt Martha’s questions at the family reunion! Veteran parent Penrod hosts Autism Live, the #1 rated Autism Podcast worldwide, now she is giving you all her best resources, strategies, tips and information to help you and your child survive and thrive.

Autism for Adults : An Approachable Guide to Living Excellently on the Spectrum by Daniel Jones

Autistic influencer Jones is an expert on living well on the spectrum. No matter what you’re going through as someone with autism, Dan gets it–he’s been there. He’s here to explain everything he learned, and then some, in this instruction manual and memoir about life as an autistic person. Dan’s book is packed with actionable advice that readers can immediately start putting into practice. You’ll learn how to navigate common challenges, such as dating on the spectrum, holding down a job, or performing well in school. 

The Autism-Friendly Cookbook by Lydia Wilkins

With recipes to suit any occasion, the book is written in clear, jargon-free language which makes ‘the obvious’ obvious. Recipes are categorized by meal with additional guidance on the level of energy needed to tackle them, with options for low-energy or meltdown days, or days when you’re able to take on a new challenge. They contain adaptations and options to suit different dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, and additional modifications for those who are sensory seekers, sensory avoiders or who want to expand their repertoire in the kitchen. With contributions from individuals within the autistic community and options for quick meals, special occasions and more.

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The Autism Partner Handbook : How to Love Someone on the Spectrum by Joe Biel

Learn key communication skills for succeeding in a neurologically mixed relationship, gain a better understanding of your autistic partner’s mental processes, troubleshoot your sex life, and level up your appreciation for their relationship strengths. Autistic-allistic relationships can flourish, but there are a few consistent and predictable areas where they can get in trouble, which you can work through together once you know how to spot them.

The Autists : Women on the Spectrum by Clara Tornvall

An incisive and deeply candid account that explores autistic women in culture, myth, and society through the prism of the author’s own diagnosis.  Until the 1980s, autism was regarded as a condition found mostly in boys. Even in our time, autistic girls and women have largely remained invisible. When portrayed in popular culture, women on the spectrum often appear simply as copies of their male counterparts — talented and socially awkward. Yet autistic women exist, and always have.

Fearlessly Different : An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage by Mickey Rowe

The moving, inspirational memoir of autistic actor Rowe, who pushed beyond the stereotypes and obstacles so many disabled individuals face to shine on Broadway’s biggest stage.

Hidden Brilliance : Unlocking the Intelligence of Autism by Lynn Kern Koegel

Clinician, researcher, and professor Koegel, PhD, and writer LaZebnik explore the ways in which the intelligence and abilities of children and young adults with autism are often overlooked and misjudged, and share interventions to bring out their full potential.

How to Find a Four-Leaf Clover : What Autism Can Teach Us About Difference, Connection, and Belonging by Jodi Rodgers

A special-education teacher with thirty years of experience working with autistic people gives readers a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the neurodiverse community and looks at ways we can develop more meaningful connections with others.

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May Tomorrow Be Awake : On Poetry, Autism, and Our Neurodiverse Future by Chris Martin

An author and educator’s pioneering approach to helping autistic students find their voices through poetry–a powerful and uplifting story that shows us how to better communicate with people on the spectrum and explores how we use language to express our seemingly limitless interior lives. Through his student’s breathtaking poems, Martin discovered what it means to be fully human. Martin introduces the techniques he uses in the classroom and celebrates an inspiring group of young autistic thinkers–Mark, Christophe, Zach, and Wallace–and their electric verse, which is as artistically dazzling as it is stereotype-shattering. 

Unmasking Autism : Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price

The widespread understanding of autism is based on how it has presented historically in white, male, upper-class individuals. Social psychologist Price explains how this has caused countless numbers of people to live with masked autism, a “camouflaged version” of autism which occurs in order to blend into a society based on neurotypical, ableist values. Price blends research and lived experiences, including their own, to help autists, with or without a professional diagnosis, to better understand themselves, find their community, and gain confidence. He reviews the history of autism and how individuals from marginalized backgrounds have been ignored, maligned, or misdiagnosed.

We’re Not Broken : Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia

Garcia draws from his own experiences as an autistic journalist to discuss the social and policy gaps that exist in supporting those on the spectrum. From education to healthcare, he explores how autistic people wrestle with systems that were not built with them in mind. At the same time, he shares the experiences of all types of autistic people, from those with higher support needs, to autistic people of color, to those who are LGBTQ.

–Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian


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