This study included both academic literature and autobiographies written by autistic authors. The coauthor in this study is also an autistic adult who presented his life experiences for a central narrative. In contrast to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which conceptualizes autism as a list of deficits, a number of powerful themes emerged from analysis of autistic authors’ lives: Isolation, Influence of Parents, Differences in Needs: Education and Employment, Empowerment, and Relationships. These themes were contextualized via theories of neurodiversity paradigm, monotropism theory, and the double empathy problem, to better understand autistic experiences and needs.
“Mathur and Valerius provide an articulate view into the lived experiences of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As an ABA practitioner and scholar, it made me think deeply about how clinicians may go about the implementation of compassionate ABA services. This book is a timely and significant contribution relevant for anyone with that goal in mind.”—Adel C. Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D, Program Director, MS Applied Behavior Analysis, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
“Adam and Sneha have created a beautiful and very much-needed book. Reading this book brings me hope. While my lived experience is different than that of Adam, I see so many recurring themes in my own life and in the lives of the learners who I support. The combination of narrative and research is engaging and makes a convincing argument for qualitative, lived-experience research. This work is mirrored by current and emerging research on Community-Informed Practice and Neurodiversity Affirming Practice. It is my opinion that this book needs to be included as essential reading for any person, autistic and allistic, who interacts with autistics (which really is everyone). But this book should be included in the required reading for any person who provides support for autistics in any setting.”—Brian Middleton, M.Ed., IBA, BCBA, LBA, The “Bearded Behaviorist,” Autistic Advocate
“Dr. Mathur and Mr. Valerius have crafted a critical and engaging book that amplifies the voices of autistics through vibrant qualitative research. As a psychologist, I found this to be enlightening, highly educational and a vital contribution to the literature as it addresses the lack of representation of autistic voices. It’s an insightful and useful tool and an essential addition to any clinician's library. As a mother of an autistic child and consumer of ABA services, this encouraging book resonates with me on a personal level, and I believe it is required reading for anyone who loves, works with and supports autistics, particularly if ABA is part of their journey.”—Madeeha Mir, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist and Instructor, New York University
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|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||Disability Studies in Education , #27|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Adam Paul Valerius, Autistic Advocate, is a young adult who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 12. Enthusiastic, keen to learn, and very insightful as to how his Asperger Syndrome effects his struggles with employment, Adam is excited for the opportunity to help others on the Autism Spectrum.