You may remember that a couple of posts ago on here I mentioned a new book about Autism titled “Not Weird, Just Limited Edition: Inside the Autistic Mind”. Well the copy of that book that I ordered arrived yesterday, and now it is time for a quick review.
A LITTLE GEM OF A BOOK
The book, written by Faye Flint, who was diagnosed as autistic only at the age of 27 (regular readers of this blog will recall that I was 31 when I got my own diagnosis, so this is a situation that is more than a little familiar to me). It is 108 pages long, with the text very generously spaced. Each page is a separate event, recording a particular thought or train of thought, and each is beautifully clear, and for obvious reasons many are instantly recognizable to me. If you are autistic yourself, or know/ are related to someone autistic, or even just have an interest in autism this book, written as it is by someone who is actually autistic is an absolute must read. I am going to share some of my personal favourites (I have selected six out of 108 pages to quote – and the quotes will be indented and italicised to set them apart from my own writing:
First, page 31:
I was a child with Asperger’s.
I will remain an adult with Asperger’s.
No, I won’t ‘grow out’ of my Asperger’s.
Asperger’s is who I am.
But I have lived with myself for 30 years.
I have learned how to manage myself.
To be able to fit into society more appropriately.
Page 49 (I am bolding as well as italicising this one for reasons that should become obvious):
“But you don;t seem like my friend’s son who is autistic?”
Ahh, well maybe that’s because…
I am a grown autistic woman,
Not a 7 year old autistic child.
Yes, there really is a difference.
No, my Asperger’s cannot be cured.
Nor would I want it to be.
This took me a long time after such a late diagnosis.
It has made me, me.
And I kind of like me.
Many people say my ‘differences’ are what they love most!
Page 69 (another one that I chosen to bold as well as italicise)
If you want to know about the spectrum,
Ask someone who is on it!
We aren’t offended.
It makes us happy that you care enough to want to learn.
There is nobody better to ask,
Than someone who goes through it,
Finally, page 81:
I promise I am listening to you.
But my brain has 2,644 other tabs open right now.
It is very distracting.