Books for Autism Acceptance Month

By Colleen Rowe | April 12 2021 | Humanities & Social Sciences

For Autism Acceptance Month, we are sharing books that give the history of understanding autism and the personal stories of those who are autistic.

 

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

In short, powerful chapters, Naoki Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.

 

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

Look Me in the Eye is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. This is the story of John Elder Robison’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner—repairing his beloved high-end automobiles.

 

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

This is the definitive history of autism—the struggle to define it, the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it, and the profound changes in how we understand disability.

 

Parallel Play 

A poignant portrait of a lifelong search for answers, Parallel Play provides a unique perspective on Asperger’s and the well of creativity that it can spring forth.

 

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

The captivating subject of Oliver Sack’s Anthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin’s personal account of living with autism and how the extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.

 

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In this modern classic that is now a Broadway production, an autistic boy sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world. Now a Broadway production.

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8
A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism
978-0-8129-8719-5
From the author of the bestselling The Reason I Jump, an extraordinary self-portrait of life as a young adult with autism "Essential reading for parents and teachers who work with individuals with autism who remain nonverbal."--Temple Grandin
$17.00 US
Mar 26, 2019
Paperback
240 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks


In a Different Key
The Story of Autism
978-0-307-98570-5
The definitive history of autism--the struggle to define it, the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it, and the profound changes in how we understand disability
$19.00 US
Jan 17, 2017
Paperback
688 Pages
Crown

Parallel Play
978-0-7679-2969-1
An affecting memoir of life as a boy who didn’t know he had Asperger’s syndrome until he became a man.
$16.00 US
Sep 07, 2010
Paperback
208 Pages
Anchor

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition
My Life with Autism
978-0-307-27565-3
The captivating subject of Oliver Sack's Anthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism and how the extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.
$16.95 US
Jan 10, 2006
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage