Not every person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) grows up to be an accomplished speaker or author. But then, come on, not even the neurotypical (non-autistic) population have too many eloquent and insightful "representatives" right?
However, we are fortunate when ASD adults like Judy Endow, Temple Grandin, Sean Barron, Donna Williams, Stephen Shore, Wendy Lawson, James Williams (and many more) choose to give up their privacy. The rest of us gain from their INSIGHTS and their UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE.
It changes the way we view, raise, or teach those on the spectrum. It helps us treat those around us with dignity, respect, compassion, and many times, AWE.
Click HERE for several of the books by authors, speakers, advisors, consultants, educators who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These are available for loan from ANDI Initiative.
(Also here's a shout-out to Dr Stephen Shore himself, who - as I write this - is in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia speaking at the conference there!)
Judy Endow (left) in April 2011, at the ASW Autism Conference, WI, USA.