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A week after his young son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (AS), Carley himself received that same diagnosis. Through his work as the executive director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP), a support organization providing advocacy, outreach, and education for individuals and families affected by AS, Carley has since met many others with AS and has heard their tales of triumph and failure. Here, he shares their stories and insights, as well as his own wisdom. He also offers practical advice and suggestions to those affected by AS on such topics as social situations at home and work, friendship and romantic relationships, how and when to share the diagnosis, coping strategies for stressful situations, and finding work compatible with one's skills, abilities, and interests. Carley does all this with a candid humor that makes the book both readable and believable. Large public libraries with developmental-disability and autism-spectrum collections should purchase this winning manual.
—Lisa M. Jordan