Our book Being Autistic – Nine adults share their journeys from discovery to acceptance contains the stories of very diverse autistic adults who share their responses to discovering and accepting their autism. It offers an insider view of the autism constellation to people becoming aware they inhabit it.
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“Every now and then a book comes along that changes the way people see a subject. Being Autistic is a brilliant example of one such book. It really is a must-read for anyone newly diagnosed and those close to them. I so wish I had known about it when I found out I was autistic in my mid-40s. The use of nine different stories from autistic adults is great as it shows just how different we all are. I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone who wants to know more about autism.”
“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.”
“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’.”
“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.”