RESOURCES 


AUTISM

BOOKS

 


Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger's Syndrome by John Elder Robison

For people on the spectrum or thinking they are on the spectrum, this is a phenomenal resource. After years of having strange jobs like building rocket guitars for Kiss, he discovered he had Asperger's Syndrome later in life. It is a moving and funny book that really preaches ideals we believe in: that autism is not a weakness, but uniqueness.


The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

This book, written using questions answered and a short story written by a nonverbal 13 year old autistic boy shows the deep thoughts and emotions of nonverbal boy requiring the use of a computer program to communicate. It shows the struggles of nonverbal people on the spectrum and their very human need to express themselves. This book explains the power of self awareness for people on the spectrum.


How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move by Tito Mukhopadhyay

This book by a nonverbal autistic poet is a unique insight into the autistic mind. (His poetry is great too.) He explains how he reacts and interprets the world around him, how sounds become colors, how he tells stories to the mirror, and how his mother taught him through song. A fascinating and inspiring read.


WEBSITES

 

https://www.postwaves.com/posts/group/4092516432 (CLICK HERE)

A group for all things autism. Share your story, experiences, insights, questions, inspiration and suggestions to help others. They are just starting to build out this group and hope it can turn into the safest online place for honest conversations. They chose this online forum because it eliminates internet bullies and social biases, so invite anyone who may be interested! You can contact them at @AutismTakeOn on Twitter (CLICK HERE)


Www.autismacceptancemonth.com/resources (click Here)

This pool of resources comes directly from the Autism Self Advocacy Network. Made for newcomers on the spectrum, parents and employers, this site has numerous articles and book links that help empower those on the spectrum and boost awareness of autism not as an illness but as a unique way of thought and processing.

 


WWW.TAKETHIS.ORG (CLICK HERE)

While not necessary affiliated directly with autism, the nonprofit takethis.org seeks to eradicate the stigma of mental conditions and even provides AFK rooms at conventions for people who are overstimulated to get some peace and refocus. (Sensory issues are very common on the spectrum also.) They also have many great resources for people who may suffer from depression, anxiety and more - also common amongst people on the spectrum.