Books have the power to do almost anything. They can make us feel like we’re off on an adventure or living in a land full of magic. But most importantly, they can put us in the shoes of another person — typically, someone we know very little about. In honor of “Read a Book Day,” we’re sharing some of our favorite books written by people on the autism spectrum, in the hopes that it will give you a glimpse into their life.
Women From Another Planet?
By: Jean Miller
We know — autism is sometimes tough to talk about. In fact, many people refuse to talk about it all together. Women From Another Planet? is a collection of candid and honest short stories and quotes all from women on the autism spectrum.
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life
By: Cynthia Kim
In this quirky and incredibly honest book about what it’s like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome, author Cynthia Kim recalls what it was like growing up just a bit different from everyone else, but not understanding why. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult, she was better able to understand why she always felt different from other kids her age.
The Girl with the Curly Hair
By: Alis Rowe
Written by the Founding CEO of the Curly Hair Project, an organization dedicated to supporting women on the autism spectrum, Alis Rowe discusses what her life is like as a person with autism.
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
By: Rudy Simone
Declared a “must read” for every girl on the autism spectrum, people without autism can learn quite a lot about the disorder and how hard people on the spectrum work to make meaningful relationships with others. From employment to romance, Simone helps young women navigate the “real world” and the “world of autism.”
Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome
By: Jeanette Purkis
Like Cynthia Kim, Jeanette Purkis always felt disconnected. After years of bullying, anger, and confusion, she learns that her emotions may be a result of having undiagnosed Asperger’s.
Are you or someone you know looking to find your path on the way to success while having a learning disability? Debra Solomon of Spectrum Strategies helps young adults with autism and other learning disabilities identify their strengths and challenges to help them find a job, vocational program, or college that best fits them!