Web: Autism

This is my first Theme Week – I hadn’t planned to start yet but rushed because it’s Autism month.  In the end I found a lot more than I expected!

First, a little background on what the month is.  AutismSpeaks has quite a few posts on events and different perspectives.  From another viewpoint, a mother speaks out about why she dislikes Autism Awareness Month (it should be Action, not awareness).

Finally, my favorite of these resources, Autism Acceptance Month – if you’ve never heard of autism, or don’t know many autistic people, make this your first click because they have so many excellent resources:

“In a nutshell, Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world.”  from www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

Even the UN honored World Autism Awareness Day, which was April 2nd, but celebrated prior to that since it fell on a weekend.

Temple Grandin

Grandin talks about the way her brain works in this illustrated interview (with CC):

There’s more information at her website.

She also gave a Ted Talk explaining why educating the next generation of autistic children is so important to our world (CC):

Some Other Autistic Authors

Jesse A. Saperstein has written Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters and Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood, and you can read about them and him.

He was interviewed on Autism Live:

The Sesame Street character that Saperstein predicted three years ago:

You can learn more about Daniel Tammet at his website.

Corinne Duyvis also has a website.  Read about her or read one of her short stories.

Wisconsin – USA

Finally, for my fellow Wisconsinites…

I’m not personally or professionally involved with this organization, but have heard good things about InControlWisconsin.  Are you familiar with them?

I have worked professionally with Good Friend Inc. and would recommend them to schools.  They even have a music video:



Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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