AARC Tip of the Month - September 2016
Famous People Who Have Autism
Wolfgang Mozart: He was said to need to be in constant motion, and to have specific repeated facial expressions. It was also reported that he had very sensitive hearing. When he was bored, it was recorded that he would do somersaults, jump over tables and chairs, and meow like a cat.

Daryl Hannah: She was diagnosed later in life. She reported that she was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that it eventually led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood. She never went on talk shows or premieres and she hated walking down the red carpet.

Dan Akroyd : When Dan was a child he was expelled from two different schools for "acting up." He is also known to have a few tics and has shown signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Temple Grandin: " The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It's like being in a play; I'm always in a play." -Temple Grandin
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the SESA Library. You may search the library on the  SESA website, or you may contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907 . 334 . 1301 

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Born on a Blue Day: Inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant: a memoir
By: Daniel Tammet
New York: Free Press, 2007
ISBN:  9781400154036

Description: An autobiography of a man who sees numbers as shapes, colors and textures. He can learn a language in a week. Tammet has Savant Syndrome, a rare form of Asperger Syndrome, and has a need for order. He is very self-aware and able to communicate what it feels like to live in this way.
Beyond the Wall: Personal experiences with autism and Asperger syndrome
By: Stephen M. Shore
Foreword by Temple Grandin
Shawnee Mission, Kan.: Autism Asperger Pub., 2003.
ISBN: 9781931282192

Description: "This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome. Get a unique perspective on AS across the years!"--publisher's website.
Elle S'appelle Sabine [Her name is Sabine]
A French film with English subtitles
A Mosaique Films production
Distributed by Recorded Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9781428198395

Description: "An intelligent, moving and beautiful portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, the famous French actress Sandrine Bonnaire."--Container.
How Can I Talk if My Lips Don't Move?: Inside my autistic mind
By: Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
New York: Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Hachette Book Group USA, c2008.
ISBN: 9781559708593

Description: "... offers a rare insight into the autistic mind and how it thinks, sees, and reacts to the world. When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the "problem" by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages of eight and eleven he wrote stories and poems of exquisite beauty, which Dr. Oliver Sacks called "amazing and shocking." Their eloquence gave lie to all our assumptions about autism. Here Tito goes even further and writes of how the autistic mind works, how it views the outside world and the "normal" people he deals with daily, how he tells his stories to the mirror and hears stories back, how sounds become colors, how beauty fills his mind and heart. With this work, Tito .. gives the world a beacon of hope. For if he can do it, why can't others?"--amazon.com
The Journal of Best Practices: A memoir of marriage, Asperger syndrome, and one man's quest to be a better husband
By: David Finch
New York : Scribner, 2012.
ISBN: 9781439189740
Ebook ISBN: 9781439189757

Description: "At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the ... is wrong with my husband?! In the author's case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains his ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn't make him any easier to live with. Determined to change, he sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband, no easy task for a guy whose inability to express himself rivals his two-year-old daughter's, who thinks his responsibility for laundry extends no further than throwing things in (or at) the hamper, and whose autism-spectrum condition makes seeing his wife's point of view a near impossibility. Nevertheless, he devotes himself to improving his marriage with an endearing yet hilarious zeal that involves excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, this book: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies that result from self-reflection both comic and painful. They include "Don't change the radio station when she's singing along," "Apologies do not count when you shout them," and "Be her friend, first and always." Guided by the journal, he transforms himself over the course of two years from the world's most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, the husband he'd always meant to be. Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, this book is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism-spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all."
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A user guide to an Asperger life
By: Cynthia Kim
London, UK; Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9781849057578

Description: "Cynthia Kim explores all the quirkiness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide looking from an insider perspective at some of the most challenging and intractable aspects of being autistic."--Publisher.
Switched On: A memoir of brain change and emotional awakening
By: John Elder Robison
Foreword by: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2016 
ISBN: 9780812996890

Description: "When John Elder Robison published Look Me in the Eye, his darkly funny bestselling memoir about growing up with Asperger's Syndrome, he was launched into international prominence as an autism expert. But in spite of his success, he still struggled to decode the secret language of social interactions, and often felt like a misfit who understood car engines better than people. So when a group of Harvard neuroscientists told John about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), an experimental brain therapy that promised to remediate the disabilities of autism and unlock his emotional intelligence, he jumped at the chance to join their study. Switched On recounts the adventure that followed, as John became a guinea pig to the world's top brain researchers in an effort to understand the social and emotional deficits that lie at the heart of autism, with electrifying results. As Robison describes his transformation: "For the first time in my life, I learned what it was like to truly 'know' other people's feelings. It was as if I'd been experiencing the world in black and white all my life, and suddenly I could see everything--and particularly other people--in brilliant beautiful color.""-- Provided by publisher.
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