Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew about Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

Beacon. Mar. 2021. 232p. ed. by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport & Morénike Giwa Onaiwu. ISBN 9780807025680. pap. $18. PSYCH
Before readers come to this book’s first essay, a sidebar quotation jumps out: “I have a place in this world. The fact that I am here is proof of that. Trust that we will find that place, together.” This may be precisely what readers need to hear in this collection of essays written in the form of letters to parents. Because the copyright for this work is held by the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, readers can be confident that an underrepresented population in autism research is finally getting their say. Each essay has insightful and eloquent advice by people with autism from a number of age groups, races, ethnicities, faiths, cultures, professional and life skills backgrounds, and gender identities. Because current media representations of autism have long been primarily focused on Western white men, this collection of essays from a diversity of people on the spectrum is an essential and necessary work that raises awareness and redefines normal.
VERDICT This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.
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