While this blog is not specifically about autism, it does follow my life. And I am autistic.
I would say I have Asperger Syndrome, except that the DSMV eliminated the term this year, in favor of “autism spectrum disorder.”
I liked Asperger’s just fine, thank you very much.
It seems I’m not alone. More and more, I’m meeting other talented creatives who have “found” themselves on the autism spectrum, launching a journey to unpack their identity, heal the wounds of a once-inexplicably “different” childhood, and leverage autism as their new secret for success.
If you’re one of those creatives, or you know one, here are some of my favorite resources:
Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergerian | John Elder Robison
A celebration of the “superpower syndrome” and advice on how to leverage it for your advantage.
Look Me In The Eye: My Life with Asperger’s | John Elder Robison
A poignant biography of one boy’s journey with Asperger’s.
Aspergirls |Rudy Simone
Some call this book “depressing.” I find it both honest and liberating in its exploration of being a female with AS.
Asperger’s Syndrome & Anxiety | Nick Dubin
For all those who, like I do, struggle with constant anxiety, fear, and panic attacks that are (largely) unfounded.
Coming Out Asperger | Dinah Murray, editor
Thinking about telling family and friends? This collection of seasoned Aspies weigh in.
Asperger’s On the Job | Rudy Simone
This book seems to be written more for folks who are less-than-high functioning AS. But even those who “pass” as normal will find great tips.
The Gifted Adult | Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Aspies, you may not feel like an everyday genius, but I guarantee you’ll recognize yourself in Jacobsen’s fantastic guide to extraordinary living.
Musings of an Aspie | Cynthia Kim
Autism Women’s Network | Guest authors
Brazen Careerist | Penelope Trunk
Now if somebody would just write a book about Asperger’s and the creative life . . .
Maybe I’ll do that sometime.