Autism FAQ: Everything You Wanted to Know About Diagnosis & Autistic Life
by Joe Biel Author and Dr. Faith G. Harper Author
What's it like to be autistic? As many as one in forty-five people live that reality every day, but our culture remains full of myths, stigma, and dangerous misunderstandings of this type of neurodiversity. This guide to life on the autism spectrum is a must-read for autistic adults, their friends, coworkers, partners, and parents—and for anyone who wants to understand the experiences of many people they meet every day. Joe Biel, who was diagnosed as an adult, writes about what it's like to be autistic, joined by the bestselling Dr. Faith G. Harper who speaks from her experience as a parent, friend, and therapist to autistic people. Their real talk and accessible language discusses a wide range of topics, including the diagnostic criteria for autism and how they play out in practice, what it means for autism to be a disability, and co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety. They answer many frequently asked questions from neurotypicals, and offer some basic life and social skills that the world doesn't always think to explicitly teach autistic folks. Most of all, they affirm the many strengths of the autistic brain and point the way to a world where autism is just another way of being.
How much do you really know about autism? After being diagnosed as autistic and writing a book about it, Joe started to be inundated with questions. Fellow autists, friends, dates, and family of autistic people, and the blatantly neurophobic all wanted to know .... well, a ton of different things. Compiled here are Joe's answers to 60 of the best, worst, and most frequently asked questions. Is it okay to tell people that I am autistic? How can I support my adult sibling who doesn't believe they are autistic? Do autistic people experience empathy? What is stimming? Why do autistic people usually not follow fashion norms? What is the best thing that being autistic has taught you? If you're autistic, or know someone who is, or are curious and want to separate fact from fiction, you'll find a wealth of information and perspective packed into this zine.
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