Author(s): Dean Worton
In this rich and diverse collection, 28 writers describe what positive experiences they have had as an autistic person, and show how the most unexpected subject areas can be a source of the positive. They demonstrate that individuals can, and do, experience life in positive ways, sometimes in the face of adversity. Sharing both dark and joyful moments with unreserved honesty, their insights are moving, often hilarious, creative, and highly intelligent, and usually surprising. From hair-raising travelling experiences to parenting with verve, volunteering to teaching, running a marathon to taking on a PhD, they show that autism need not limit life. Introduced by Luke Beardon and Dean Worton, their stories challenge stereotypes surrounding autism, empower, and entertain.
Insider accounts by adults on the autism spectrum deriving positive experiences from unexpected places
Autism in the words of autistic people. Alongside fascinating individual tales of personal triumphs, this collection of insights and tales shows the amazing reflection, articulation and self-awareness of these autistic authors. This book is surely a must for parents of autistic children to let them see into the future and inspire them to know what their children have the capacity to become. -- Sarah Hendrickx, autistic adult, Autism Specialist and author In a world where ASD is officially classified as a 'disorder', this book contains wonderful and uplifting accounts of how autism can be a blessing. The enthusiasm and strength of the contributors shines through in each revealing chapter. A must read for everyone newly diagnosed with the condition and for clinicians who insist on representing autism as a deficit-based condition. -- E. Veronica (Vicky) Bliss, Clinical Psychologist
Luke Beardon, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Dean Worton has Asperger Syndrome, and runs a successful website that supports adults with AS in the UK. He hosts meetings for its members, and works as a technical officer in the public sector.
Foreword. Luke Beardon. 1. Opening the Umbrella (Multi Coloured Thank You Very Much!). Alyssa Aleksanian. 2. How Volunteering With Bradford Autism Support Gave Me Confidence and Helped Me Come To Terms With My Own Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. Gwen Greenwood. 3. A New Career Path - Undertaking a PhD - The Doctor Will See You Now! Dr Christopher Wilson. 4. Becoming a Parent is Really, Really Hard... Who Would Have Guessed? Becky Heaver. 5. Autism and Music. Michael Barton. 6. How Discovering Creative Writing Opened Up a Whole New World For the Aspie in Me. Andrew Smith. 7. Lifelines - How I Manage my Autism to Create a Positive Life Experience. Tracy Turner. 8. Positive Experiences of Being on the Autistic Spectrum - Personal Reflections From Joanna Treasure. Joanna Treasure. 9. A Year in Normandy - Learning a Foreign Language and Culture. Dean Worton. 10. The Story Behind a Story - My Novella: The Atlas Legacy. Colin Newton. 11. My London Marathon Experience: Walking Into a New Day. Dominic Walsh. 12. In an Economic Climate When the Most Able in Society are Having Difficulty Finding Work, What Chance Do Those With Disabilities Have? Tony's Journey. Maggie. 13. Loyal Companions: Animals Can Teach Us All a Lot About Happiness and Acceptance. Debbie Allen. 14. Celebrating the Autism Spectrum. P J Hughes. 15. Positive Experiences for Sarah (aged 27) - Enjoying Freedom That I Never Thought I'd Have. Sarah Galley. 16. How Our Negative Experiences Can Raise Awareness of Autism and Produce Positive Results For Society. A Nonny Mouse. 17. Positive Experiences in Theatre. C.A. Smart. 18. The Day I (Nearly) Became a Male Prostitute. Atul Movelis. 19. My Radio Show: Making People Happier with My Strong Music Interest and Knowledge. Gerard Wilkie. 20. Turning Points: How Thinking Outside the Box Helped Me Overcome Hurdles in My Music Teaching Career. Eloise. 21. Why Bother: Aiming to Create Social Fairness and Harmony. Maurice Frank. 22. Positives I Can Draw From Experiences as a Result of the Tragic Events on 7 July 2005 in London. Serena Shaw. 23. Interview With a Music Lover on Positive Aspects of His Life. Andy R. 24. Revelations on Planet Autism. Planet Autism. 25. Two Very Different Birth Stories. Nat Goldthorpe. 26. Syndromes, Spectra and Starlight. Barnabear. 27. Turning a Negative Into a Positive. Alex Wilkinson. 28. Dream Big, There Can Be Another End to the Rainbow. Lynette Marshall.