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Posted December 3, 2012
The book would be good for a teen or perhaps even a young adult
The book would be good for a teen or perhaps even a young adult on the spectrum to show them what others have been able to achieve in their lives. That said as a 50 something highly functioning adult on the spectrum I found the book depressing as the people in the book have achieved such high professional levels of achievement something I have never been able to come close to doing.
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Posted July 27, 2014
The stories in this book represent a fairly wide range of experi
The stories in this book represent a fairly wide range of experiences for people with Autism, Asperger's and ADHD.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Some of the individuals had happy, if mostly isolated childhoods, others struggled well into adulthood and some were still struggling
(see Moppy's chapter). Some of the writers have had remarkable journeys and careers as they learned about themselves and
what their gifts and talents are. Not all of the writers immediately embraced their late diagnoses, however as Karla Fisher puts it,
she came to realize it gave her a "framework…to understand her health and determine her quality of life".
There were times I did need to put the book down because the difficulties were palpable and raw. However, I liked the way each
contributor broke their stories into sections, and particularly appreciated the sections on mentors and life lessons, which hopefully
readers can use to see what helped others succeed and navigate a world where they so often feel different. Temple makes
some great points in the epilogue, where she states that it concerns her that young people who have autism now too often fixate on
their autism, when they would be better off cultivating their special interests. She also states her point of view about the elimination of
Asperger's Syndrome in the recent changes to the DSM-V in her final note.
Posted August 9, 2013
I agree with the previous reviewer: for those of us discovering
I agree with the previous reviewer: for those of us discovering our autism/Asperger's late in life, it is perhaps too late to start over.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We tried our best, stumbling around in the dark, but a rather large number are trapped in poverty and disability, maybe even wards of the states without rights. We have gifts, even advanced degrees, sometimes many advanced degrees, but scratch out an existence dependent on family or SS disability. So, yes, this book can add to our already large burden of guilt and failure. But for parents and for young girls and young women, it is NOT too late. So, for you, this may help inspire and guide you. For others, not necessarily.