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Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism 2021-02-09

Anthology of 9 essays from diverse adult-diagnosed autistics

  1. VictorR
    Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Elizabeth Bartmess (Editor)
    Book Type:
    • Paperback
    • Digital
    What happens when you make it to adulthood before finding out you're autistic?

    As A.J. Odasso writes in this anthology: “You spend a lot of time wondering what’s wrong without ever knowing why.”

    This anthology includes essays from a diverse group of adult-diagnosed autistic people. Our essays reflect the value of knowing why—why we are different from so many other people, why it can be so hard to do things others can take for granted, and why there is often such a mismatch between others’ treatment of us and our own needs, skills, and experiences. Essay topics include recovering from burnout, exploring our passions and interests, and coping with sensory overload, especially in social situations.

    If you know you're autistic, are beginning to wonder, share similarities with autistic people, or want to support an adult autistic friend or family member—or if you simply want to know why it's so important that autistic adults know we're autistic—this book is for you.

    The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is an US-headquartered nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Their staff work to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.

    Elizabeth Bartmess
    Erin Human
    A.J. Odasso
    Stuart Neilson
    Kelly Bron Johnson
    Morenike Giwa Onaiwu
    Samantha Hack
    Amythest Schaber
    M. Kelter
    A.C. Buchanan

    The Autistic Press
    2018 1e
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Recent Reviews

  1. WolfSpirit
    Version: 2021-02-09
    A much needed book on the subject of the importance of adult diagnosis of autism. Quite enlightening, and I could relate to a number of the authors. Hopefully will become a valuable resource for those who questions the usefulness of a diagnosis in adulthood.
  2. VictorR
    Version: 2021-02-09
    A beautifully curated collection of stories from diverse backgrounds, with a mix of different styles as well, along with an excellent introduction. Many of the stories, in my opinion, merit their own book - they're that good.