Nine adults share their journeys from discovery to acceptance
Table of contents
Paperback: 64 pages
Dimensions: 14.8 cm x 21.1 cm x 0.5 cm
First printing: July 2015; second printing: June 2019
For many adults on the autism spectrum, diagnosis is a profound and liberating moment of self-recognition. But it's also just the first step on a journey that lasts a lifetime. This encouraging book, enriched by a diverse range of personal perspectives, can help readers orient in this new world and find other members of their tribe."
Author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People who Think Differently
As RCPsych Autism Champion as well as in my clinical roles I have met with a wide range of Autistic people, clinicians and statutory and third sector organisations. One common message is lack of good reliable information for adults who are diagnosed as Autistic. This is slowly improving but a book such as this can be immensely helpful especially immediately post diagnosis in helping set the context. The stories reflect some of the diversity within the spectrum, so each person can find their own place. They give realistic hope and positivity whilst not glossing over the challenges and issue. I think the book would also be useful to assist non Autistic people including clinicians in understanding the importance of diagnosis and the reality of ‘one size doesn't fit all’."
Dr Ian Davidson
Autism champion of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
I really enjoyed this diverse collection and I think it’s going to be a very useful short introduction for people getting diagnoses and their loved ones - also for people delivering diagnoses. A striking lesson from the book is what a huge difference the attitude of the diagnoser can make; another is how crucial and how vulnerable self-confidence is for these interesting and insightful people."
Founder of the National Autistic Taskforce
Verdict: An absolutely brilliant book, with each contributor helping you to learn something more about autism.
I found this book fascinating. [...] Editor Caroline Hearst explains in her introduction, “We were looking for something to help us grow as autistic adults and give us a sense of community; we hope this book will do that for you.” But I think this is an interesting book for anyone – reading Being Autistic made me feel determined to try harder to accept each person as they are, as none of us is perfect and all of us are complex human beings, whether ‘diagnosed’ or not. There are interesting reflections on whether diagnosis even helps."
In this short book, (64 pages) nine adults write about their journeys from discovery to acceptance of their autism. Their stories, like the individuals themselves, are all different, as are the responses of those around them. For anyone who is diagnosed in adulthood and wonders how it is for other people, these accounts allow us to see that discovering we are autistic is one thing, but realising what that means can be a far more complicated journey. It is also a good introduction for families and friends who may be struggling to understand how an autism diagnosis might have a profound effect on the life of their loved one.”
I would whole heartedly recommend AutAngel’s book ‘Being Autistic – nine adults share their journey of discovery to acceptance’, for any social worker or carer working with adults with a late diagnosis of autism. We use it all the time in our NHS adult diagnostic service, giving it to all clients who receive a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s. The voices are authentic and the peoples experiences are varied. I think it helps people to feel less alone, provides reassurance and offers a roadmap and a way forwards.”
Consultant Psychologist, Autism diagnostician Berkshire NHS
“The book makes amazing reading and certainly tells an interesting story.”
Dr Carole Buckley
Clinical Champion for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the Royal College of General Practitioners
'Being Autistic' is an excellent small book and really helpful to those who are not on the spectrum, helping us to see the problems faced by people with Aspergers from the inside looking out. Especially important is the contribution by Joe which gives details of the negative affects of he experienced by being made to stop his repetitive stimming and how this led to a loss of confidence and 'sense of self', an aspect of behavioural interventions to which not enough attention is being paid. I thoroughly recommend it.”
Expert practitioner in Intensive Interaction who works with autistic people and has over 40 years experience as a practitioner with people whose severe learning disabilities are linked with behavioural distress and author of ten books
Finally - an important addition to the slowly growing number of resources available to help newly diagnosed spectrum adults to understand the meaning of autism as applied to themselves.”
Specialist Clinical Psychotherapist. Author of Integrative Psychotherapy Approaches to Autism Spectrum Conditions